Living in the Maniototo

Author(s): Janet Frame


Through the eyes of a woman of myriad personalities - ventriloquist, gossip and writer - Janet Frame playfully explores the process of writing fiction: the avoidances, interruptions and irrelevancies, as well as a teasing blurring between fact and fiction. The landscape of the Maniototo becomes 'the bloody plain' of the imagination, as the narrator tells us about her marriages and children, her friends (real and imagined), her travels (between New Zealand and the United States) and her stay in the house left in her care by friends travelling in Italy. She must face the reality of death as well as probe the authenticity of the modern world.


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Janet Frame was born in Dunedin, NZ in 1924 she died in January 2004. Janet was the author of eleven novels, five collections of stories, two volumes of poetry, a children's book and a three-volumed autobiography now collected as AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. She won numerous awards and was made a CBE in 1983 for services to literature, awarded an honoroary doctorate of literature from the University of Otago in 1978 and from The University of Waikato in 1992. She received New Zealand's highest civil honour in 1990 when she was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. In 2003 she was among the inaugural recipients of a Prime Minister's Award for literary achievement and was named an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artist.

General Fields

  • : 9781741666069
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Vintage (Australia)
  • : 0.18
  • : March 2008
  • : 201mm X 132mm X 17mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Janet Frame
  • : Paperback
  • : 823
  • : 256