Michael Holroyd called this one of the greatest autobiographies written in the 20th century. No argument concerning that. Janet Frame born in Dunedin in 1924 died in 2004 is acknowledged in New Zealand as one of their greatest writers. Outside of New Zealand her reputation amongst writers is high but she is not as well known as she deserves to be. Those who saw the film "An Angel at My Table" with Kerry Fox playing Janet Frame will have an inkling of the strength of Janet Frame to forge her life into a literary output against the odds. Her novels in particular can be a struggle but the power of the woman is up there with writers such as Doris Lessing. This three part autobiography captures her uncompromising spirit, her love of words, her relentless drive to make sense of a world she felt she was an outsider to, until she established her own place from which to pour out her writing. It is a mesmerising journey and one which gives heart to us, the reader. I am immensely grateful I lived in a time when I was exposed to this brave and courageous woman's work and that it meant something to me, enough to continue to read and enjoy her work.