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date: 26 February 2024

Holcroft, Anthony 

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature
Diane HebleyDiane Hebley

(1932– ),writer of children's fiction, was born in Christchurch, son of M. H. Holcroft, and educated at Southland BHS and Canterbury University. He taught at rural schools, worked on farms and now, while also writing, runs an orchard near Rangiora. His masterly short stories take their structure from traditional folklore and reflect his fascination with energies or spirits in the landscape, often of New Zealand. In practical yet poetic and mystical ways they embody three recurring themes: the need for conservation, the destructive nature of greed and the redeeming power of love. Picture books include ... ...

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