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THE ENVOY FROM MIRROR CITY is the third book of Janet Frame's three-volume autobiography, described by Michael Holroyd as 'One of the greatest autobiographies written this century.' It describes her travels overseas and entry into the saving world of writers and the 'Mirror City' that sustains them. First published in 1985, it won the prestigious Wattie Book of the Year Award.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2000

    RHNZ Vintage

    RRP $29.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • 1985
    The Goodman Fielder Wattie Award
  • 1986
    New Zealand Book Awards

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
The Goose Bath
Faces In The Water
Living In The Maniototo
Towards Another Summer
Owls Do Cry
State Of Siege & The Rainbirds
The Carpathians
Janet Frame Stories & Poems
An Angel At My Table


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Pablo Escobar
Please Explain: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson
The Extraordinary Life of Pikelet
Brief Candle in the Dark
For the Glory
Dear Leader
Empress Dowager Cixi
Riding the Storm
At Home with Muhammad Ali
How to Stay Alive
The Man Who Ate the Zoo
The Tunnel Through Time
David Astor
Malcolm Fraser
John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister