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Kia ora! Welcome to my website. Things may look a bit clumsy while I revise this site, but I wish to share the still hot news of the publication by Victoria University Press of Shirley Smith: An Examined Life.

The biography was launched by the Hon. Grant Robertson at Unity Books, Wellington, on Monday 10 June. It was a great honour to have Grant launch the book and as expected, he gave a great speech, pointing up the significance and relevance of Shirley Smith. My thanks to others who spoke and all who made the launch such a success, especially VUP and Unity Books who hosted the event. No wonder your readers love you!

I was thrilled so many people came for the occasion, some travelling from overseas and many from around New Zealand, including my friends but also people I hadn’t met previously, who helped me with the book. The splendid turnout saw all the store’s stock of Shirley Smith sold out but a new shipment has arrived and –see below – a new window display!

Reviews and interviews

‘a fine and thorough biography’ – David Herkt, ‘Shirley Smith: An Examined Life: New book neatly captures her world and ideals’Sunday Star-Times, 12 May 2019.

‘An unusual life, skilfully narrated’

‘… a fascinating biography … an important contribution to aspects of New Zealand’s social history in the mid-20th century.’

‘Sarah Gaitanos has done a great job ensuring that Shirley’s legacy is remembered.’ – Simon Nathan, ‘Woman in Law‘, Scoop Review of Books, 24 April, 2019.

‘An extraordinary woman’

‘Very readable … Highly recommended’, Holly Walker, Radio NZ Nine to Noon book review, 27 May 2019.

Interview with Noelle McCarthy, ‘Examining the life of Shirley Smith’,  Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand, 8 June 2019. 

‘She wanted to be defined by her achievements as a person, not by her gender. Were she alive now, she may be comforted by the knowledge that she is remembered for both.’ Yvonne van Dongen, ‘Examining Shirley Smith, the feminist lawyer married to Soviet spy Bill Sutch’, Sunday,  9 June 2019.

Shirley Smith: In her Own Right, Brian Easton, Pundit, 12 June 2019.

See also my entry on Shirley Smith for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography 

Unity Books, Wellington.