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Joan de Hamel

Joan de Hamel (1924–2011) was a children’s writer whose popular stories have appealed to generations of readers. Born in England and educated in Switzerland and at Oxford University, she was a teacher of French in London and later at Dunedin Teachers College. She came to New Zealand with her husband and three small sons in 1955, intending a short stay of three years. But they never left, having another two sons and breeding donkeys and goats on a small farm in Dunedin.
 

Selected bibliography:
  • X Marks the Spot (Lutterworth Press 1973/Puffin 1976/Puffin 2007).
  • Take the Long Path illustrated by Gareth Floyd (Lutterworth 1978/Puffin 2007)
  • Hemi’s Pet illustrated by Christine Ross (Reed Methuen 1985).
  • The Third Eye (Viking Kestrel 1987).
  • Hideaway (Puffin 1992).
  • Hemi & the Shortie Pyjamas illustrated by Lyn Kriegler (Puffin 1996).
Awards:
  • Esther Glen Medal 1979 for Take the Long Path.
  • AW Reed Memorial Award 1985 for Hemi’s Pet.

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