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Losing and finding a mother in dementia


Pip’s memoir, Song for Rosaleen, is both a celebration of her mother Rosaleen’s life and an intimate account of the practical and ethical dilemmas that faced Rosaleen’s six children after she got dementia. While the story is intensely personal, the impending global dementia epidemic gives it universal interest. It raises important questions about who we become when our memories fail, how our rapidly ageing population can best be cared for, and what this means for us all.

Song for Rosaleen was published by Massey University Press in 2018 and launched at Unity Books in front of a packed house. (See our photo gallery.) It is available from good bookstores, online or by emailing Pip. RRP$30.

‘For me, reading the book began as a professional task and ended as 
a gentle reflection on life itself and its meaning and purpose.'
- Philippa Fletcher, policy advisor, Alzheimers NZ
I have no doubt this book will resonate with a huge portion of readers 
— especially anyone who has watched a loved one decline due to a 
degenerative illness.’
- Mandy Hager, author and creative writing tutor
‘Love song, lament, protest song: Song For Rosaleen is all these and 
more. Highly recommended reading.'
- Sue Wootton, co-editor of Corpus  

Media coverage of Song for Rosaleen includes:

The War That Never Ended captures veterans’ stories

The War That Never EndedIn The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea, Pip recorded the memories of 12 Kiwi veterans of the Korean War. It was commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and published by Penguin in 2013.

The book is based on oral history interviews with gunners, signallers, seamen, a mechanic, dispatch rider, dentist, engineer and official photographer – straight-talking Māori and Pakeha men sharing significant and irreverent war-time stories. The men’s personal narratives breathe life into this important historical event and will give future generations a greater understanding of a largely forgotten war.

The War That Never Ended was launched at Parliament in March 2013 (see Gallery).

Listen to Pip’s interview with Eva Radich on National Radio.

‘Thank you for your efforts on behalf of all our veterans and your 
kind words at the launch of your most excellent book.’
- Des Vinten, Korean War veteran 

Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs wins NZ book award

Winner of the 2010 NZ Post Best First Book of Non-Fiction, Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs, is the true story of Aroha Trust, a work cooperative for young gang women in Wellington in the late 1970s. It’s based on Pip’s experience as a founding member of the Trust and her oral history interviews and ongoing friendship with 11 of the women.

Listen to RNZ’s interview with Pip, Nayda and Gini on Nine to Noon.

Creative writing guide a first for Timor

Creative writing manual coverAs a volunteer in Timor-Leste from 2013 to 2015, Pip wrote Matadalan Hakerek Kreativu, the first creative writing guide in the national language, Tetun. The 140-page guide is a practical introduction to story-writing for this traditionally oral culture. It arose out of Pip’s creative writing classes for Timorese researchers who have gathered 800 women’s stories of resistance to the brutal Indonesian occupation of their country. Four of these stories are included in the guide, which Pat designed and formatted.

University texts

For 12 years we have edited Employment Agreements: Bargaining Trends and Employment Law Update, an annual 300-page publication for Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Law.

We also copy edit, proof-read and format university texts, such as these for Pearson Publishers (Higher Education Division):

Other book projects

Pat has written the  personal and business history of a Wellington family, based on oral history interviews with family members. He is currently writing the story of his maternal grandfather, World War 1 veteran Richard White.