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  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143791065
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99
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An Angel At My Table




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.

  • Pub date: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143791065
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Janet Frame

Janet Paterson Frame (1924-2004) is New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed and distinguished author. She received numerous awards, prizes, grants, fellowships and scholarships in New Zealand and abroad, including honorary doctorates from the universities of Otago and Waikato. In 1983 she was awarded a CBE for services to literature, and in 1990 was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest civil honour.

In her lifetime Janet Frame published eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, a children's book and three volumes of autobiography. Another novel, a book of poetry, a compilation of selected stories and a non-fiction collection have since been published posthumously and future publications containing new and previously uncollected material are planned.


Janet Frame was born in Dunedin in 1924. She was the author of eleven novels, five collections of stories, a volume of poetry and a children's book. She was a Burns Scholar and a Sargeson Fellow and won the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and the Hubert Church Award for Prose. She was made a CBE in 1983 for services to literature, awarded an honorary doctorate of literature from Otago University in 1978, and one from Waikato University in 1992. She received New Zealand's highest civil honour in 1990 when she was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

Janet Paterson Frame (1924-2004) is New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed and distinguished author. She received numerous awards, prizes, grants, fellowships and scholarships in New Zealand and abroad, including honorary doctorates from the universities of Otago and Waikato. In 1983 she was awarded a CBE for services to literature, and in 1990 was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest civil honour.

In her lifetime Janet Frame published eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, a children's book and three volumes of autobiography. Another novel, a book of poetry, a compilation of selected stories and a non-fiction collection have since been published posthumously and future publications containing new and previously uncollected material are planned.

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