Welcome, here is all you'll need to know to buy, review or burn Jimi Hunt's first book, A Bit Mental.

Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the World's Biggest Waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.

But what none of his friends knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.

Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced it to the world — he would travel the entire 425km length of the Waikato River on an inflatable mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.

This book is one of the only books you'll ever read about depression that won't be bloody depressing!


"Brutally funny and intriguing in his honest commentary, Jimi Hunt has created a book that everyone will adore. His writing style is a fantastic match of internal dialogue and Hunter S Thompson's soul. Bravo Jimi, Bravo!"
- Ben Jay
"So inspirational! I love love love it, I was given it by a friend to read and it has become my favourite thing. It was funny, warm, honest and full of awesome advice that has helped me so much. Thank you Jimi for writing such a brilliant book and for sharing your journey x"
- Maria
"This is one of those books that you pick up and instantly you know you are in for a good honest heart warming read. The book follows two main events in the authors life, it is fast moving, gut wrenching honest and informative. Highly recommend, for anyone that has/is/or probably one day going to have a challenge in their life. i.e. everyone!"
- Carl
"I loved this book! will definitely be recommending it ( read it in one day - could not put it down) inspirational and funny - an awesome read :)"
- Sarah
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Jimi Hunt is the builder of the World's Biggest Waterslide, the only person to ever have Lilo'ed the Waikato River and unexpected author. He, with his partner Dan Drupsteen, run the registered New Zealand Charity "Live More Awesome." Jimi also has his own branding and design company called "The Creative Difference" as well as business interests with his father Paul. Jimi went to Waikato University and is only one paper short of a degree that he will never get, much to the constant dismay of his mother.

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This is the document when we say really really nice lies things about Jimi so that the media write stories about him. Feel free to check it out.
Oh, and if you're from the media... HERE IS THE PRESS RELEASE! You should interview Jimi. Your ratings will triple!* We promise.

* Your ratings may not "triple", we may have gotten a little out of hand there... It will be a good interview though...


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These are the basic specifications of A Bit Mental.

Name: A Bit Mental: One Man's Mission To Lilo The Waikato & Live More Awesome
Page count: 226
Suggested retail price: $NZ 34.95
Year of first printing: 2013
ISBN: 9781591843795

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