“It is a handsome and very accessible account of his family life, his teaching career and his evolution as a sculptor … Maria de Jong’s extended essay on his life is informative, easy to read and peppered with historical family photographs and quotes from her interviews with Fred Graham. She deals well with his Maori background, the carving history in his family, his supportive parents and his happy marriage.” Emeritus Professor Michael Dunn was formerly the Head of Elam School of Art. - NZ Herald

“Until now I never understood why it was that authors invariably seemed to lavish praise on their editors. I do now. Without Maria’s steadying hand and tact, I doubt this book would ever have seen the light of day. She has brought to the task immense patience, not to mention depth of understanding.” Tony Farrow, Patron of ChildFund, former CEO of Nylex Products NZ Ltd

“Many thanks for your book [Two Remarkable Women] which reached me last week. I’ve been reading it with great interest and enjoyment. It is a wonderful story and you have told it with such insight into the people involved, especially Frances Elmes and Sally Rainforth. Somehow a complex situation was managed with great generosity of spirit, so that the younger generation didn’t suffer from divided loyalties … The book is beautifully produced and I love the photos.”

Brenda Niall, Australian biographer and author

“I loved listening to Dad’s stories when I was young and learnt so much about my Dad, especially of his escape from China, hardships as a teenager and establishing a successful business. Maria has formed a special connection with Mum and Dad and documented their lives. I am so happy to have created this book for my children and future generations. This has been a wonderful project.” Jacinta Chow