Towards Another Summer, Paperback
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A deeply rewarding and beautiful novel' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Life in England seems transitory for Grace Cleave as the pull of her native New Zealand grows stronger.

She begins to feel increasingly like a migratory bird.

Grace longs to find her own place in the world, if only she can decide where that is.

But first she must learn to feel comfortable in her own skin, feathers and all. Written in 1963, Janet Frame considered this novel too personal to be published in her lifetime. 'In this deeply personal novel of exile and loneliness, Janet Frame proves the master of nostalgia, beauty and loss.

Frame is, and will remain, divine' Alice Sebold 'Exceptional ...comic, melancholy and piercingly observant' Sunday Telegraph




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I found this book heartbreaking to read because of the acute discomfort of Grace, the narrator. She is so uncomfortable in social situations and Frame describes them so well, you can't help but feel you are going through the discomfort with Grace. Maybe it's also because I identified with Grace's social awkwardness that I found the story so moving. Grace is a writer from New Zealand who has moved to London, has experienced some success with her writing, and has been invited to a couple's home in Relham for the weekend. Her desire to be alone again at home so she won't feel so on edge in company means she decides to go home a day earlier than planned, but her perception of her hosts' disappointment at this is tangible. The parallel story of Grace's upbringing in New Zealand (the book is largely autobiographical and mentions Grace/Frame's time in Spain, written about in Angel at My Table) is woven into the book and Grace's description of herself as a bird recurs throughout.I thought this was a beautifully written book and one which will stay with me for a long time.

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