Author(s): Janet Frame
To the Is-land is the first book of Janet Frame's three-volume autobiography, described by Michael Holryod as 'one of the greatest autobiographies written this century.' It chronicles her childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family in the 1920s and 30s. First published in 1983, it won the prestigious Wattie Book of the Year Award.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Janet Frame was born in Dunedin in 1924. She was the author of eleven novels, five collections of stories, a volume of poetry and a children's book. She was a Burns Scholar and a Sargeson Fellow and won the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and the Hubert Church Award for Prose. She was made a CBE in 1983 for services to literature, awarded an honorary doctorate of literature from Otago University in 1978, and one from Waikato University in 1992. She received New Zealand's highest civil honour in 1990 when she was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. Janet Frame died in January 2004.
In the second place; toward the is-land; in velvet gown; the railway people; Ferry Street, Wyndham; hark, hark, the dogs do bark; fifty-six Eden Street, Oamuru; death and a sickness; poppy; O.K. permanent wave; the prince of sleep; cures; the birds of the air; pastimes; Gussy and the Invercargill March; the Anthenaeum; clothed in white samite; picnics; a death; once paumanok; the hungry generations; the kingdom by the sea; scrapers and bluey; Faust and the piano; marking time; early spring snow; "That's not you, Jasper"; university entrance; imagination; a country full of rivers; leaving the is-land, greeting the is-land;