Famed New Zealand children's author Margaret Mahy died yesterday in Christchurch following a brief illness, aged 76.

Mahy, who held the country's highest royal honour - membership of the Order of New Zealand - wrote 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories.

Her works were translated into 15 languages.

Mahy's first book to be published, in 1969, was A Lion in the Meadow, which was discovered by American editor Sarah Chockla Gross, who published five of Mahy's stories as picture books, launching her international career.


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