Francis King

Seeking Grace

Towards Another Summer


Virago 216pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

The history of this novel, written in the Sixties but only now posthumously published, is as strange as that of its author, the New Zealand novelist Janet Frame. Having been diagnosed as a schizophrenic, she had spent most of the Fifties in and out of mental hospitals. Only the publication of her first book saved her from the expedient of a lobotomy – which would almost certainly have terminated a literary career that was eventually to bring her worldwide fame. Soon after that, she set off for England in an attempt to overturn the life sentence passed on her.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'One of the best aspects of Kaufmann’s book is its optimism' Here's @BurlM11's review of @epkaufm's Whiteshift. ,
    • Whom did Picasso label a 'bristly pig'? Read Rosalind P Blakesley's review of The Collector by Natalya Semenova to… ,
    • Alexandra Gajda on Anna Beer's new biography, Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh ,
    • Mark Lawson reviews @jonathancoe's Middle England - The Rotters' Club for our Brexit age. ,
    • 'Behind every book that is published lies ... a haunted landscape, populated by the ghosts of things written and ex… ,
    • 'We once more live in a great age of dragon invention' Here's Tom Shippey on Martin Arnold's The Dragon ,
    • RT : Man at the q&a part of the book panel: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't s… ,