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I will do my best to be helpful, Ann Mallinson

Ann Mallinson shares a letter she received 20 years ago. Margaret Mahy was, among many other things, an ideas person. She loved discussing ideas, and those of us who were lucky enough to have her accept an invitation to stay

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Home truths and fantasy worlds, Kathryn Walls

Kathryn Walls identifies the realism beneath Mahy’s magic. Margaret Mahy has been repeatedly described as “magical” or “marvellous”, her fiction as “fantastic.”  These conveniently alliterating adjectives seem apt partly because so much of Mahy’s work is classifiable as fantasy, and

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Obituary — Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy  1936-2012 The three most intelligent people I’ve known: Margaret Mahy, Ted Rye, Maurice Duggan, all storytellers, all dead. In them, the torrents of intellect and imagination came together like the staff of Hermes with its twining snakes Knowledge

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Riddles and charms, Kathryn Walls

The Magical Verse of Margaret Mahy: The Word Witch Tessa Duder (ed), David Elliot (illustrations) HarperCollins, $44.99, ISBN 9781869507077 The Dark Blue Hundred-ride Bus Ticket Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508166 Awesome Aotearoa: Margaret Mahy’s History of New Zealand Margaret

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Doubles and damage, Geoff Miles

The Magician of Hoad Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869506872 The Magician of Hoad takes Margaret Mahy into new territory – new for her at least. Her earlier YA novels were set in the real world. A highly-coloured version of

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The mundane and the marvellous, Adrienne Gavin

Marvellous Codes: The Fiction of Margaret Mahy ed Elizabeth Hale and Sarah Fiona Winters Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864735162 Any addition to critical publications on Margaret Mahy is to be welcomed. Elizabeth Hale’s and Sarah Fiona Winters’ Marvellous Codes:

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Taut and twanging, Barbara Else

Running Hot  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783949 With Lots of Love from Georgia  Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 1741143101 Kaitangata Twitch Margaret Mahy Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 174114485X The Unknown Zone Phil Smith Random House,

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Mahy wins “Little Nobel”

Margaret Mahy has won the world’s premier prize for children’s writing, the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Dubbed the “Little Nobel”, it has been given biennially since 1956 to an author who has made a lasting contribution to international children’s literature. She

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Plaits and mandibles, Margaret Mahy

Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun Janet Frame, illustrations by David Elliot Random, $29.95, ISBN 1869417240 Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun, by novelist Janet Frame, was first published in 1969. In those days not many

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Unearthly mapmaking, Anna Jackson

Dreamhunter  Elizabeth Knox HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 0732281938 The Time of the Giants Anne Kennedy Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 1869403428 Maddigan’s Fantasia Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869505611 Maddigan’s Fantasia opens with Garland Maddigan’s note to herself, “Written down things

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