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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349018546

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 1st August 2024

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

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‘Janet Frame’s luminous words are the more precious because they were snatched from the jaws of the disaster of her early life. It is one of the classics of autobiography. She knew that a writer must search her soul in order to say anything that is essential’ HILARY MANTEL

‘Janet Frame is the greatest New Zealand writer. She is utterly herself. Any one of her books could be published today and it would be ground-breaking’ ELEANOR CATTON


After being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia as a young woman, Janet Frame spent several years in psychiatric institutions. She escaped undergoing a lobotomy when it was discovered that she had just won a national literary prize. She then went on to become New Zealand’s most acclaimed writer. As she says more than once in this autobiography: ‘My writing saved me.’

This edition contains all three volumes of Frame’s autobiography: To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table and An Envoy from Mirror City.

‘One of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read . . . A masterpiece . . . Janet’s autobiography had an enormous effect on me. She struck a blow right to my heart’ JANE CAMPION, GUARDIAN


‘One of the great autobiographies written in the twentieth century’ MICHAEL HOLROYD, SUNDAY TIMES

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