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Obituary – Barbara Murison

Dancing between order and chaos Novelist and children’s writer Barbara Else remembers Barbara Murison (b Wellington Nov 26, 1931, d Waikanae, May 7, 2017) Barbara Murison, librarian and life-long advocate of children’s reading, exemplified Margaret Mahy’s definition of the librarian

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A reasonable idea at the time, Barbara Murison

Telling Tales: A Life in Writing William Taylor HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 1869508378 According to his siblings William Taylor was called after his father’s dog. And here, among an endearing collection of sepia, black and white, and coloured photos in his

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Paging through, Barbara Murison

All This and a Bookshop Too  Dorothy Butler Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143011651 For anyone involved with books for children and young people in this country, All This and a Bookshop Too is not just a book one would like

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Off the page, Barbara Murison

Hunter Joy Cowley Puffin, $16.95, ISBN 0143318292 Super Freak Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783981 Chinatown Girl: The Diary of Silvey Chan, Auckland, 1942 Eva Wong Ng Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99, ISBN 1869436598 Ask any publisher of New Zealand

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Minding our own beeswax, Barbara Murison

Everything You Need to Know About the World by Simon Eliot Lloyd Jones, illustrations by Timon Maxey Four Winds Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958251495 From Weta to Kauri: A Guide to the New Zealand Forest Janet Hunt, photographs by Rob Lucas

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History to mystery, Barbara Murison

Juggling with Mandarins V M Jones HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869504623 The Serpents of Arakesh V M Jones HarperCollins, $14.99, ISBN 1869504771 My Story – Journey to Tangiwai David Hill Scholastic New Zealand, $15.95, ISBN 1869434994 Aunt Effie’s Ark Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135844 Evil

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Read in paw and claw, Barbara Murison

The Truth At Last about the Little Red Hen Hugh Price; illustrations by Isabel Lowe Steele Roberts, $9.95, ISBN 1877228192 The Immigrants Alan Bagnall; illustrations by Sarah Wilkins Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783728 Abraham The Builder’s Cat – Adventures on

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On the open shelves, Barbara Murison

Jolt   Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 187713550X Tiggie Tompson All at Sea   Tessa Duder Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313234 The Name of the Game David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $15.95, ISBN 0908783639 I opened my parcel of titles for

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Fifty years on Barbara Murison

Three’s a Crowd Penelope Huber Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135267 2MUCH4U Vince Ford Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434161 Golden Prince Ken Catran Lothian Books, $19.95, ISBN 0734400373 Going for Gold Trevor Wilson Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434404   Earlier this year I realised to

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