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A new collection of non-fiction writings which reveal new insights into the life and work of internationally acclaimed New Zealand author, Janet Frame

'It is the desire really to make myself a first person.
For many years I was a third person – as children are, 'they', 'she',
and as probably oppressed minorities become, 'they'.
- Janet Frame, radio interview about writing her autobiography (1983)
For the first time ever, this collection brings together Janet Frame's published short non-fiction in one collected volume, as well as material never seen before. Letters spanning 50 years of Frame's life are published alongside essays, reviews, speeches and extracts from interviews. This startling collection provides an unprecedented range of factual writings about herself, her life and her work. It reveals many aspects Janet Frame's character that will challenge some long-standing myths and preconceptions about New Zealand's most famous author.

Formats & editions

  • EBook


    October 31, 2011

    Penguin eBooks (NZ Adult)

    264 pages

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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
The Daylight And The Dust
Faces In The Water
Living In The Maniototo
Towards Another Summer
An Angel At My Table
The Envoy From Mirror City


Anything Is Possible
The Holocaust
The LEGO® Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection
A Paris All Your Own
Of All That Ends
Writing Home
The Bottom Corner
A Smell of Burning
The Swordfish and the Star
That's Not English
Leaving Before the Rains Come
Our Word Is Our Weapon
Do You Mr Jones?
Reading Myself And Others
Bodies In Motion and At Rest
Gift from the Sea