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Meltwater by Suzanne Ashmore

Meltwater is a homage to the power of storytelling. Of a woman’s unique journey to find her ‘self.’ A journey made difficult by the fact that Elizabeth has thirteen different ‘selves,’ all part of her, all created to bury shocking memories of abuse. Published by Mary Egan Publishing. Publishes on 7 June.

‘You will never have read a novel quite like Meltwater; This is groundbreaking fiction; skilfully crafted, intensely personal and profoundly courageous.’  —Sue Mccauley, Other Halves

We’ve got a copy of this amazing read up for grabs (valued at $30). To be in to win, tell us about an inspirational woman in your life.

Competition now closed. Congratulations to our winner Rebecca Sandford.

  1. My Mum is my inspiration! She is the most kind, caring and selfless woman, and she has shown so much strength through adverse events.

  2. Recently a beautiful earth mother went home to rest. You might say cut short in her prime with many energetic projects still on the go.
    Rosemary was an intelligent woman, who devoted her life to people, gardens and science.

    A eulogy delivered by one of our less recent school head mistresses defined our Ro as the ‘quintessential EGGS girl’ meaning she was resourceful, sporting, supportive, questioning, empathetic, a wonderful teacher, mentor and inspiring for many of those around her.
    From a young age she was a sensitive, justice-seeking sibling for her sister and brother, and loyal daughter to her loving parents.
    She became an honest, deeply sincere and loving wife, who created a sanctuary of love and hope for her family.
    Ro dedicated her life to learning as much as she could about natural biology and sharing that knowledge with any and all who’s attention she could hold.
    Having spent much of her adult life teaching high school biology, Ro commenced her masters at age 60 and went on to take up a new career teaching in the science faculty at The University of Auckland.
    Which was when I happened to reconnect with her, my old high school biology teacher; she was now firmly ensconced at Auckland Uni. Ro quickly became a wonderful source of encouragement and support for our family and me.
    I had been engaged in earning my BSc while raising my family and licking my wounds from a disappointing marriage outcome. Ro’s empathy and sincere desire for me to succeed and pass the finish line after 14 years of part time undergraduate study still brings me to deep sorrowful outbreaks of grief, and the tears roll down my cheeks as I write this.
    As we gathered for which was, what I now realise would be our final goodbye, she emphatically endorsed my tentative confession that I had now been provisionally accepted to start a masters in education this July. Additionally, upon hearing our news for a new garden adding instructions for how best to proceed!
    I find this to be a great source of comfort now that she is gone. For as we sat throughout her wonderful and memorable funeral I realised that I had, and always will aspire to be like Ro.
    Rosemary died 29 April 2019 aged 78 and 13 days.

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