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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.

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Also by Janet Frame

In the Memorial Room: Text Classics
Owls Do Cry: Text Classics
The Mijo Tree
In the Memorial Room
Gorse is Not People
Janet Frame in Her Own Words
The Daylight And The Dust
Faces In The Water
Living In The Maniototo
Towards Another Summer
The Envoy From Mirror City

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