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With a heartfelt introduction from Jane Campion. Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections.

With a heartfelt introduction from Jane Campion. Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections.

Gathered here in a single edition are the three parts of Janet Frame’s autobiography. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student and years of incarceration in mental hospitals (essentially for wanting to pursue a career as a poet), followed eventually by her entry into the saving world of writers and the ‘Mirror City’ that sustains them. This is not just the records of a life but also the flourishing of a writer’s career. Janet Frame accomplishes ‘the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors’.

All three volumes of this autobiography - To The Is-Land (1983), An Angel At My Table (1984) and The Envoy From The Mirror City (1985) have won major literary prizes. Internationally lauded director Jane Campion made a film of An Angel At My Table that won international jury prizes at Venice, Toronto and other film festivals. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143791065

    March 19, 2018

    Penguin

    496 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9781869411329

    July 1, 2000

    RHNZ Vintage

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    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742759098

    September 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    480 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • New Zealand Book Awards
    1984
    Winner
    Non Fiction

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