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There are some moving tributes to Margaret Mahy posted on the New Zealand Listener website  – it becomes so apparent how much she was (and will remain) revered: http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/books/margaret-mahy-memories/.

In particular, Jane Hurley’s words resonate with me:

” If I were stuck on a desert island for years, the person I’d most want to be stuck with would be Margaret Mahy. Every day would be full of enthusiasm and excitement and optimism and story. I remember in one phone interview Margaret confessed that she’d always wanted to be a tapdancer. She was. She tapdanced through words and her prose sang around her.”  

 

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