HarperCollins New Zealand have just released two newly updated Margaret Mahy books to celebrate her life and work.
Margaret Mahy: A Writer’s Life by Tessa Duder
This was first published in 2005 and it has now been fully updated and republished. The updates include:
- Updated introduction
- New Epilogue which covers Margaret’s life between 2005 and 2012.
- Updated notes
- Updated Chronological Bibliography with Margaret’s books published from 2005 onwards.
- Updated Awards and Honours (including the Hans Christian Anderson Award which Margaret won in 2006).
- New photos.
The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy, illustrations by David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder
This was originally published in hardback in 2009 (I have my copy in pride of place on my bookshelf) and is the ultimate collection of Margaret Mahy’s much-loved poems and stories in rhyme. Each of the 66 pieces is accompanied by a poignant illustration by one of New Zealand’s best, David Elliot.
This new paperback edition includes a CD with recordings of Margaret reciting 12 poems, including favourites such as Down the Back of the Chair and Ghosts. The CD is a delight to listen to and it’s wonderful to hear these poems read as Margaret heard them in her head. If you already own a copy of The Word Witch it’s definitely worth buying a copy of this edition as well, just so you can listen to Margaret perform the poems over and over again.