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An Angel at My Table

by Janet Frame - £9.99  Virago Press Ltd (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781844086238 | ISBN 10: 1844086232

After being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia as a young woman, Janet Frame spent several years in psychiatric institutions. She escaped undergoing a lobotomy when it was discovered that she had just won a national literary prize. She then went on to become New Zealand's most acclaimed writer. As she was more than once in this autobiography: 'My writing saved me.'

"One of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century ...A journey from luminous childhood, through the dark experiences of supposed madness, to the renewal of her life through writing fiction. It is a heroic story, and told with such engaging tone, humorous perspective and imaginative power"
(Michael Holroyd, Sunday Times )
"One of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read ...A masterpiece ...Janet's autobiography had an enormous effect on me. She struck a blow right to my heart"
(Jane Campion)
"Janet Frame's luminous words are the more precious because they were snatched from the jaws of the disaster of her early life. It is one of the classics of autobiography. She knew that a writer must search her soul in order to say anything that is essentially true and anything that really matters; she also lived this difficulty. And yet to read her is no more difficult than dreaming"
(Hilary Mantel)

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