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Shirley Jamieson

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SHIRLEY JAMIESON enjoys writing, gardening, animals, history and travel. She and her sister had seven trips overseas together. Shirley is a member of NZ Christian Writers and has won a number of places in their competitions. As she has partial sight, and is a member of the Blind Foundation, she uses screen enlargement software on her computer. She has two adult married children and a little granddaughter. Shirley’s youngest daughter Janelle, whose story is in A Different Road died in April 2014. Shirley self-published her first book, Journey of Remembrance in 2009 and has now completed the manuscript of her third book, telling of the life of her missionary grandparents.

Email: shirleyjay@xtra.co.nz
Photo: Shirley Jamieson

A Different Road

A DIFFERENT ROAD. As a young child, Shirley strained her eyes, staring into the ever present mist. She knew somehow she was different from everyone else – but no one told her she had cataracts until she turned five. Trying to cope in the school system in the 1950s and 60s was often an unreachable challenge. Hoping for a miracle, her parents delayed agreeing to eye operations until she was ten. Then came the glasses, big thick ugly ones that made the other children laugh. Feeling useless and ashamed of her disability it seemed to Shirley that God didn’t care about her at all. But God did care. As an adult, married with two children, Shirley was expecting her third child. She would soon be walking down yet another different road caring for her daughter, Janelle, who has severe cerebral palsy. As God led her through life with Janelle, He taught her He is still in the healing business – the healing of the heart. ISBN: 9780473187040.

Email: shirleyjay@xtra.co.nz
Writer: Shirley Jamieson

Journey of Remembrance

JOURNEY OF REMEMBRANCE. As sisters Margaret and Shirley fly to Italy, they begin telling the story of their father, Harold, a soldier in the New Zealand Medical Corps in World War Two. There is his training in Fiji, where he meets his sweetheart Vera, and his work in Egypt and Palestine before he joins the Field Ambulance heading for North Africa. Arriving at Rome, the sisters pick up his trail through the Italian Campaign. It leads them to many sites, from muddy fields to a village school; from the bombardment of Cassino to a little village where family life means so much to Harold. The trail continues on, winding its way through Tuscany and back to the east coast to a castle. From there, Harold begins his journey home but trials and danger are not quite over yet. ISBN: 9780473156244.

Email: shirleyjay@xtra.co.nz
Writer: Shirley Jamieson

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