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Robyn began self-publishing 5 years ago, initially with her beautifully illustrated children’s books before moving into short stories for adults.

Robyn Murray, Tales Old & New to Read in a Hammock

Robyn’s collection of short stories features a wide range of characters facing obstacles in their lives – sometimes displaying amazing strength and other times their very human weaknesses.
From classic themes of romance, family and murder to modern day issues such as terrorism, there is something for everyone.

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New Books for 2017

New Books by Robyn P Murray

Author of Roger the Rooster and The Spirit of Cameron of Ambury Park Farm,  Jack’s Mountains, Neal Williams Adventures and more…

by Robyn P Murray
Big Sister Little Sister

Announcing the arrival of two new titles COMING SOON!

Big Sister & Little Sister and I Did It!

And later Grandpa’s Den and A Snowy Kiwi Christmas.

This is a review for “I Did It!”

I really like the story too, great for our children this one: giving a great responsibility message to them.  Using the teaching virtues of responsibility, helpfulness, respect and caring as examples would make a great series of short books, especially for the 2 to 4 year olds.  Children only learn these virtues by learning about examples of what they look like.  Cushla showed responsibility in this story, respect is something that children need to be reminded of constantly but they don’t know what the word means until somebody compliments them for using it: then they have something to hang the word on to, if you know what I mean.  Resilience and Empathy are, I believe, the two most important virtues for children to learn.  I see so many people acting badly through lack of empathy!

Shona Hewitt

Centre Manager Pupuke Early Education Centre.

 

Roman Rabbit Comes To Visit

A lovely story of a rabbit whose family have been guarding Roman Forts in UK since Julius Caesar decreed the rabbit family would protect his forts. How Roman Rabbit travels using stars to guide him to visit a family who saw him when they went to explore the fort.
A lovely story of a rabbit whose family have been guarding Roman Forts in UK since Julius Caesar decreed the rabbit family would protect his forts. How Roman Rabbit travels using stars to guide him to visit a family who saw him when they went to explore the fort.

“Roman Rabbit Comes to Visit” is a lovely story of a rabbit whose family have been guarding Roman Forts in UK since Julius Caesar decreed the rabbit family would protect his forts.

Find out how Roman Rabbit travels using stars to guide him to visit a family who saw him when they went to explore the fort.

Click HERE to contact Robyn P Murray to purchase Roman Rabbit Comes to Visit.

Soon to be available in New Zealand Libraries.

 

Old and New Tales to Read in a Hammock

Two earlier books of Tales and More Tales to read in a Hammock have been edited and more exciting stories added to combine in one book – Old and New Tales To Read in a Hammock. Great stories to read on a commute to work, relax before bed, read in a Hammock in the Summer or a log fire in winter. Well received by readers who enjoy Robyn’s books.

Contact her to receive a copy (click here).

NZ Book Festival 2016 – come and meet Robyn on the 5th November at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall. Details here. Check out the Blog posts and see what inspires her to write and other observations.

I recently received this review about OLD AND NEW TALES TO READ IN A HAMMOCK – I have had similar comments but this made me smile.

Hi Robyn

I bought your book this morning and I would like to give you some feedback as requested.

This book is going to be a real problem for me.  I sat down a few minutes ago to have a look at it started reading and have had to make myself close it!

If the rest of the stories are as good as the first two this will be a lovely journey for me.  I just need to try and stop reading it lol.

Liz Wright

 

 

Books – New Titles arriving soon

I’m very pleased to announce in the next two to three months I’ll have 5 new Children’s illustrated books ready for sale.

Roman Rabbit Comes To Visit – now available for sale!

Little Sister, Big Sister

I Did It:

A Snowy Kiwi Christmas:

Grandpa”s Den

and instead of reprinting TALES TO READ IN A HAMMOCK AND MORE TALES, I have edited and added some new stories and will publish a single volume titled  OLD & NEW TALES TO READ IN A HAMMOCK.

Jack’s Mountains by Robyn P Murray

Jack's Mountains by Robyn P MurrayJack’s Mountains is a lovely story of a young boy Jack who lives close by Mangere Mountain in Auckland New Zealand. He learns about mountains around the world. His family tell him about the Mountains they were born close to. His Grandad tells him about Mountains he saw when he was an Engineer on a big ship sailing around the world.

Illustrated by Geoff Popham

Click here to contact Robyn  to learn about this book and others.

Jack’s Mountains in hard cover has sold out! Another run with soft cover now available. Wonderfully well received both by Early Childhood Centres, Primary Schools, and families both locally and overseas. Another batch ready for the Christmas Market.

The Lazy Glamorous Godmothers

A laugh out loud tale of The Lazy Glamorous Godmothers and their amazing eventful evening babysitting Jack with the help of the clever cats, Tall Black Kitty and Tall Ginger Kitty.

A laugh out loud tale about a baby sitting evening with The Lazy Glamorous Godmothers with Jack and The Tall Kitties.
A laugh out loud tale about a baby sitting evening with The Lazy Glamorous Godmothers with Jack and The Tall Kitties.

This book will join Neal William’s Adventure and Jack’s Mountains in a book launch shortly at the Mangere Bridge Library. A delightful Children’s Illustrated Book for ages 3 – 9 or even grown ups!

Neal William’s Adventure

Neal William's Adventure
A lovely funny story with great illustrations

Neal William’s Adventure is a  cute children’s story where a boy meets a worm driving a motorbike who takes him on an adventure through the garden. Neal brings a red spotted hanky, a black smooth stone and a piece of string and all are useful on their adventure. Who do they save? What happened when they are stuck on top of the compost heap?

Book available now. Contact Robyn for more information.

Another revue:

As a grandparent…

I really enjoyed this story which not only entertained but also seemed very plausible for a 5 year old’s active imagination. The illustrations helped keep my listeners focused on the story and the layout, words and sentence structures were simple and flowing for good story telling.

My audience (a five year old grandson) liked the story enough to give it pride of place on his nightstand and as a developing reader was able to tackle much of the book. I think the motorbike, parachute and slide in the subject played a big part in capturing his interest.

El Gallo Rogelio De La Granga De Ambury Park

El Gallo Rogelio De La Ambury Park by Robyn P Murray
El Gallo Rogelio De La Ambury Park by Robyn P Murray

Children’s Illustrated Book Roger the Rooster of Ambury Park farm after many requests has been translated into Spanish.

El Gallo Rogelio De La Granga De Ambury Park at $30  is now available. A package of both books in English and Spanish for a very special price of $45 plus postage for them both. Wonderful gift for the Latin American Community who would like their children to enjoy reading Spanish and also have the English version to read too. Contact Robyn to order the books.

Jimi said the translation of book was “better than excellent”, he really enjoyed it.

Revue for Roger and Rogelio.

I already read them and love both of them. I really like  your writing style and specially that Roger/Rogelio teaches without preaching. I am sure my grandson will love this book for the story, the drawings and even now (he is only 4) for what it tells you.

Muchisimas gracias!!  Olga – Adelaide Australia.

Today 1st February 2017 I received this revue of EL GALLO ROGELIO from Megan a Spanish Teacher in Auckland.

I thought I’d send you a quick message to say hello as I picked up your book from the library yesterday and was surprised to see it in Spanish about Ambury Farm right here in Auckland!
I’m a kiwi Spanish teacher and am passionate about good quality literature options for young learners in other languages. I wanted to say that Nina (my 22 month old daughter) and I enjoyed your book very much and are there any others?!
 

The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales

Twisty_Chritsmas_Tales_Cover_2014_tnI was thrilled when  my story A Snowy Kiwi Christmas appeared in 2014 edition of The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales alongside such well known authors as Joy Cowley, David Hill, David Freer and many others.

An Anthology of 31 stories for children from 8 – 12 year olds. A very popular book both in Kindle and paper back before Christmas and I have also been selling it well alongside my other books.

I was excited to travel with fellow writer Kerrie Anne Spicer to Wellington for the book launch November 13th, 2014 and had an opportunity to talk to the other writers and meet the PHANTOM FEATHER PRESS team who produced the book.

snowman A snowy kiwi christmas 14