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WARDELL, Phyllis Ruth Margaret, 1909-

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WARDELL, Phyllis Ruth Margaret, 1909-

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Mrs Phyl Wardell is a Christchurch writer of children's fiction. Since 1960 she has had published four children's adventure romances: 'Gold at Kapai' (1960); 'The secret of the Lost Tribe' 1962); 'Passage to Dusky' (1967) and 'Hazard Island', also called 'The missing skindiver' (1976). read more …

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1951 - 1976
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I would just like to communicate to Phyl Wardell and to the staff of Christchurch Library how much I loved and enjoyed Mrs Wardell's novel, The Secret of the Lost Tribe, when I was growing up here in England. It was my favourite book and I read it over and over again. The adventurous atmosphere, pace, descriptions of the NZ environment, characters and light-hearted tone were just right for a young person's enjoyment and it gave me many happy hours of reading. It was also ahead of its time with the appreciation that a 'lost' tribe might be better off not being exposed to so-called civilisation. As somone with a PhD (in Modern French Thought) and an MA in Comparative Literature and Translation theory, I was asked by a literary-minded NZ friend and colleague the other day if I had read any NZ litereature. Actually, a friend of mine from postgrad days, NZ author Ian Richards, wrote a biography of Maurice Duggan (To Bed at Noon) and naturally I appreciated Mansfield's short stories, but I was delighted to reply straight away "Yes! The Secret of the Lost Tribe by Phyl Wardell- it was my favourite book when I was growing up!"And truly it is Mrs Wardell's lovely novel which has fostered a lifelong interest in NZ for me and made me hope to visit Milford Sound and other beautiful and unique areas of NZ one day. I am writing this on a sad day when Christchurch has been affected so badly by an earthquake. My friend's sister had to dive under her desk but got home alright, thankfully. I am praying for all the people of Christchurch, for their safety and rescue at this difficult time. When the city starts to return to normal, God willing, I would much appreciate it if the Library would kindly pass my e-mail on to Phyll Wardell. I would like to thank her for her novel and the pleasure it has brought me, for its illustration of new Zealand and its natural beauty and the sense of adventure it cultivates in the reader. I would like her to know that the vivdly adventurous book she wrote years ago is not forgotten but remembered with enormous affection and appreciation. it deserves to be heard about and read more widely. With all the current interest in protecting the environment and indigenous peoples maybe its time has come.With warmest good wishes to Mrs Wardell, Christchurch Library staff and all the people of Christchurch--Katherine Feinstein (Dr)

Katherine feinstein · Posted 22 February 2011

I would just like to communicate to Phyl Wardell and to the staff of Christchurch Library how much I loved and enjoyed Mrs Wardell's novel, The Secret of the Lost Tribe, when I was growing up here in England. It was my favourite book and I read it over and over again. The adventurous atmosphere, pace, descriptions of the NZ environment, characters and light-hearted tone were just right for a young person's enjoyment and it gave me many happy hours of reading. It was also ahead of its time with the appreciation that a 'lost' tribe might be better off not being exposed to so-called civilisation. As somone with a PhD (in Modern French Thought) and an MA in Comparative Literature and Translation theory, I was asked by a literary-minded NZ friend and colleague the other day if I had read any NZ litereature. Actually, a friend of mine from postgrad days, NZ author Ian Richards, wrote a biography of Maurice Duggan (To Bed at Noon) and naturally I appreciated Mansfield's short stories, but I was delighted to reply straight away "Yes! The Secret of the Lost Tribe by Phyl Wardell- it was my favourite book when I was growing up!"And truly it is Mrs Wardell's lovely novel which has fostered a lifelong interest in NZ for me and made me hope to visit Milford Sound and other beautiful and unique areas of NZ one day. I am writing this on a sad day when Christchurch has been affected so badly by an earthquake. My friend's sister had to dive under her desk but got home alright, thankfully. I am praying for all the people of Christchurch, for their safety and rescue at this difficult time. When the city starts to return to normal, God willing, I would much appreciate it if the Library would kindly pass my e-mail on to Phyll Wardell. I would like to thank her for her novel and the pleasure it has brought me, for its illustration of new Zealand and its natural beauty and the sense of adventure it cultivates in the reader. I would like her to know that the vivdly adventurous book she wrote years ago is not forgotten but remembered with enormous affection and appreciation. it deserves to be heard about and read more widely. With all the current interest in protecting the environment and indigenous peoples maybe its time has come.With warmest good wishes to Mrs Wardell, Christchurch Library staff and all the people of Christchurch--Katherine Feinstein (Dr)

Katherine feinstein · Posted 22 February 2011

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