An Angel at my Table - trailer

Janet Frame's first novel, Owls Do Cry, created a sensation in New Zealand when it was published in 1957. It was hailed by some critics as the country's long-awaited first great novel, even "a masterpiece", and criticised by others for being too experimental - they hated the italicised internal monologue - and "too depressing". When I read it at 14, the same age as Daphne is in the novel - Daphne of "the Dead Room" - her dark, eloquent song captured my heart: "The day is early with birds beginning and the wren in a cloud piping like the child in the poem, drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe. And the place grows bean flower, pea-green lush of grass, swarm of insects dizzily hitting the high spots."

Read full article about Janet Frame and An Angel at my Table from an article in The Guardian 2008