A very welcome return to the bookshelves for Janet Frame’s dazzling first novel, Owls Do Cry, originally published in 1957, and voted the New Zealand Book Council’s ‘most treasured book’ of 2015.
Owls Do Cry has been out of print in Britain for several years. Virago are publishing this new edition in their Modern Classics imprint on 14 January 2016, with an introduction by the novelist Margaret Drabble who considers the links between Janet Frame’s life and her writing, exploring the way Frame’s home town of Oamaru is transformed into ‘a mythical and magical Waimaru, where places, events and characters are seen with the sharp and remembering eye of redeeming love.’
This new edition, published in the UK and Commonwealth (excluding Australia and New Zealand) is a totally original beginning to Jane Frame’s brilliant career – a classic indeed.
ISBN: 9780349006673, 256pp, pb £8.99