Tony Chapelle is a friend I never met. In person, that is.
Six years ago he offered to be a reviewer for FlaxFlower book reviews and since then, through email discussions about a variety of books, I’ve come to know him as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about New Zealand literature, and generous in appreciation and support of other writers.
In that time he contributed 27 reviews – all of them informed, thoughtful, and literary. I was also very pleased to arrange for reviews of six of his own fine titles.
Three weeks ago Tony wrote that, despite his failing health he was continuing to work on his latest book and was hoping to complete it. He promised to keep me up to date on its progress. Now he has gone, and if this book does not make it into print, the loss is to the New Zealand literary scene.
FlaxFlower readers will have read many of his reviews. On behalf of all the Kiwi authors whose books he read and reviewed, thank you Tony.
We will miss you.
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