This is the second volume in Janet Frame's autobiography, in which New Zealand's most distinguished living novelist tells of how she left the close-knit family home in Oamaru for teacher training college in Dunedin.
Her college years were a time of intense loneliness that culminated in an attempted suicide and committal to a mental institution. Labelled as a schizophrenic, Janet spent eight harrowing years in psychiatric hospitals until the publication of her prizewinning collection of stories won her a discharge.
First published in 1984, this is one of the best-known examples of the work of Janet Fram, a legendary NZ writer. One of three parts of her autobiography, An Angel at My Table has been turned into a film and in 1984 won the New Zealand Book Award for Non-Fiction.