Graham Bathgate lyrically describes his conversations and discoveries with centenarian Thelma McLean as part of a book he presented Thelma for her 105th birthday: about poetry she learned at school and loved, and could still recite; images of when she was growing up; and a life of reflections. Thelma has passed on. This delightful warm presentation enshrines her life and memories. E nga mate, haere, haere, haere atu ra!
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