On the fifth anniversary of his sister Janine's death, nineteen-year-old Jonny Dart is still troubled by guilt and an imperfect memory of the accident that took her life. He goes searching for the only other witness to the fatal event, his sister's best friend. But instead of finding the answers he's looking for, he finds Sophie - an old woman with Alzheimer's.

Sophie lives with several cats in genteel squalor, and has no memory of recent events. As a temporary outcast and labelled a loser, Jonny takes refuge with her. In Sophie's house, past and present merge for both Sophie and Jonny. Their accidental meeting changes their lives.

'To this day, my favourite Mahy book is Memory, a tender story of a woman with Alzheimer's.' - Joy Cowley, author of Mrs. Wishy-Washy

  • Pub date: 31.03.20
  • RRP: $19.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback


Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 150 titles, which have been translated into many different languages and sold around the world. Appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

'It is in the nature of books, that they have the capacity to make you feel powerful about what you can alter and achieve in your life' - Margaret Mahy

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