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Fifty-Two Family Stories


By Jeff Grimmett

Paperback | English

5.0 (6 reviews)

A dad and daughters conversation

For Christmas, 2020, my daughters Claire and Jaime gave me a present – a weekly question requiring an essay in response – a way to get a few stories down on paper. The clincher was that at the end of the year all the stories would be wrapped up into a book. Fifty-two stories in fifty-two weeks. Phew! Consistency is not really my thing. I have been known to start off with a hiss and a roar – only to fade out into a whisper. So, the outcome of a book was not a given. Amazingly, at the end of 2021 the fifty-two stories were done and dusted. Hoorah!


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Additional information

165 × 244 mm
Paperback | 320 pages
Printed by
The CopyPress
Publication Date
May 2022
Miss New World Publications

6 reviews for Fifty-Two Family Stories

  1. Jenny McIlraith

    You guessed it, I am first to review. So great to have these stories for our whanau. Your biased sister.

  2. J L McDonald

    Written for the author’s family, these delightful memoirs will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good yarn. Sometimes moving, occasionally jaw dropping, often laugh out loud hilarious, they range beyond his own childhood and life as an equine vet to include some memorable portraits of recent ancestors. A great read.

  3. Trude

    A fascinating read and insight into the life of a veterinarian and family man. Written from the heart, the author answers his daughters’ fifty-two questions.
    The stories take the reader on a journey of a father’s personal triumphs, challenges, and a good dose of family history.
    You don’t have to be a member of the Grimmett family to enjoy this book — I loved it!

  4. Paul Barnes

    This is a wonderful read by a master storyteller. Yes, he’s my cousin, but I was just as enthralled by the stories not about my family. Comes with lots of insights on how life was in the past and how our country’s culture has changed. Along the way, you acquire wisdom on how to lead a good life.

  5. Errol Hay

    I thoroughly enjoyed these varied stories, and admit some of that is that Jeff married my cousin, so some glimpses of shared family history. But the stories are far and beyond that, with many shared experiences as well as varied ones which are so accessible!

  6. Cat Watson

    Such an enjoyable read and a great insight into the Grimmett whanau, as well as the kiwi way of life back in the day. Jeff certainly knows how to tell a story and capture his audience. A unique idea and special keepsake for generations to come.

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