Margaret Mahy’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

March 21, 1936

Death Date

July 23, 2012

Age of Death

76 years

Cause of Death

Cancer of jaw

Place of Death

Christchurch, New Zealand


Young Adult Author

The young adult author Margaret Mahy died at the age of 76. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Notable for her Carnegie Medal-winning young adult books The Changeover and The Haunting, Mahy also penned the classic and widely-translated works The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate and A Lion in the Meadow.

After studying at both Auckland University College and Canterbury University College, she trained as a librarian and was eventually hired as the Canterbury Public Library’s head Children’s Librarian.

Her numerous literary honors include the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award; the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award; and the 2005 Phoenix Award.

How did Margaret Mahy die?

She was 76. The cause was cancer, a cousin, Ron Mahy, told the BBC. Ms.



"Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too."

Margaret Mahy

"I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults."

Margaret Mahy

"When you are writing, of course, you have to do all that writing and correcting for yourself. When I was a librarian it was expected that I would know about a wide range of books."

Margaret Mahy

"Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them."

Margaret Mahy

"It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books."

Margaret Mahy