Renée Hollis has been called the ‘grey whisperer’ on her travels throughout New Zealand, interviewing centenarians in their homes, on their farms and in retirement villages. She has a unique ability to draw out remarkable stories, as she interacts with the individual and their family members. Renée feels deeply that it has been a privilege and honour to spend time with these precious souls and record their oral history. Prior to her career as an author, Renée was a primary school teacher in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Botswana.
Keepers of History
Due for release in ANZ in March 2019. Pre-order your copy now!
First 100 New Zealand orders will be personally signed by author.
NOT AVAILABLE IN UK, USA AND CAN
New Zealand Centenarians Tell Their Stories.
In 2017, Renée Hollis interviewed 120 people over the age of 100, living in every region of New Zealand. Along the way she met opera singers and farmers, a politician and a racing car driver, a nun and a freedom fighter with Gandhi, and even a member of Hip Operation — the oldest hip-hop group in the world! Her goal in compiling the book was to preserve New Zealand history by sharing the stories and memories of our eldest citizens. She wants all people to value the elderly and to read and appreciate their stories and contribution to our society. Most importantly, she wants to ensure that that they are not forgotten and do not become invisible in our communities, but instead are honoured and celebrated. From the everyday to the extraordinary, these are the stories of people who have lived through history and whose message of resilience has so much to offer the generations that have followed.
SPECIFICATIONS: 9781775593805 | Hardcover | 235 x 191 mm / 9.25 x 7.5 inches | 288 Pages | Colour
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