“Was that really me?”
Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singleton’s memoir.
The session is on
~ Sunday September 24th
~ at 2.30 pm
~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room
~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
An eventful life: from Island Bay to the Kalahari
Mary Singleton was born in 1937 and grew up in the seaside suburb of Island Bay in Wellington. She has put together a collection of memories of the more notable experiences of her eighty-year-old life.
It covers some of the events, circumstances and passions which guided and misguided her through that life. In telling a personal tale Mary also reveals some of the seismic social changes that have occurred in her lifetime.
It is largely anecdotal covering such diverse events as the co-founding of the New Zealand section of Amnesty International and coming face-to-face with a lion in the Kalahari.
Much of the material is of historical interest such as growing up in suburban Wellington in the 40s and 50s, spending 15 months in a tuberculosis sanatorium as a teenager and helping to bring the term “solo parent” into common usage in New Zealand.
Mary also writes about some of her more unorthodox school teaching styles and expresses her deep love of music. This memoir has its funny moments and its tragic moments. Just like life.