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Goodreads asked John McAneney:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

John McAneney The idea for my latest book, 'Shifting Sands', came from personal experience with the commercialisation of science that occurred in the 90s in New Zealand. At first hand I saw how when the rules of the game change, so does behaviour. At one moment we were all as unworldly as medieval monks, completely focused on our science, and then the next thing we knew many of our colleagues had became born-again entrepreneurs with survival as their only objective. This was a very interesting experience and hence a novel based around these observations.

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