This novel comes to us some forty years after it was written. Janet Frame (1924–2004) did not allow it to be published during her lifetime. Very probably she was anxious not to be seen as savaging the hands that had fed her: and it is indeed a gleeful, glorious savaging.
Feeding on the Fellow
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Jane Sullivan has been a print journalist in Britain and Australia for more than forty years. Her column about books and writing, ‘Turning Pages’, appears every Saturday in The Age. Her latest novel is Little People (2011).
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