Mansfield and Me

Mansfield and Me

A Graphic Memoir

Graphic Novel - 2016
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Katherine Mansfield is a literary giant in New Zealand-but she had to leave the country to become one. She wrote, 'Oh to be a writer, a real writer.' And a real writer she was, until she died at age 34 of tuberculosis. The only writer Virginia Woolf was jealous of, Mansfield hung out with the modernists, lost her brother in World War I, dabbled in Alistair Crowley's druggy occult gatherings and spent her last days in a Fontainebleu commune with Olgivanna, Frank Lloyd Wright's future wife. She was as famous for her letters and diaries as for her short stories. Sarah Laing wanted to be a real writer, too. A writer as famous as Katherine Mansfield, but not as tortured. Mansfield and Me charts her journey towards publication and parenthood against Mansfield's dramatic story, set in London, Paris, New York and New Zealand. Part memoir, part biography, part fantasy, it examines how our lives connect to those of our personal heroes. "Sarah Laing's gorgeous, playful drawings and self-deprecating humour lightly mask a complex meditation on writing, celebrity and the conscious construction of self. A very New Zealand coming-of-age story: brilliant, funny, thoughtful and smart." - Dylan Horrocks, author of Hicksville and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.
Publisher: Wellington :, Victoria University Press,, 2016.
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Characteristics: 336 pages;,chiefly illustrations (some colour) ;,25 cm

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A beautifully illustrated biography in the vein of ‘Julie & Julia’, the story follows the two stories of NZ literary giant Katherine Mansfield and aspiring writer Sarah Laing. Laing wants to be a writer as famous as Mansfield, and her journey towards getting published while juggling personal ... Read More »

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Donna_R Oct 30, 2016

Mansfield and me is - to put it simply - perfect. It's one of those rare stories where both parts (Sarah's life and that of Katherine Mansfield) are equally absorbing.

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Raindancer Mar 13, 2017

A fantastic way to spend a wet Sunday; I couldn't put this down. I've learnt so much about Katherine Mansfield as well as Sarah Laing through their amazing lives wonderfully told and wound together and would throughly recommend the read.

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stewaroby Oct 22, 2016

A wonderful piece of work; frank, poignant and lots of other adjectives that describe a great book. Katherine Mansfield comes to short life in these pages, and Sarah Laing lives and breathes as a girl, a woman and a writer.


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Raindancer Mar 13, 2017

A fantastic way to spend a wet Sunday; I couldn't put this down. I've learnt so much about Katherine Mansfield as well as Sarah Laing through their amazing lives wonderfully told and wound together and would throughly recommend the read.

stewaroby Oct 22, 2016

A wonderful piece of work; frank, poignant and lots of other adjectives that describe a great book. Katherine Mansfield comes to short life in these pages, and Sarah Laing lives and breathes as a girl, a woman and a writer.

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