Tuesday, 30 March 2010

An Actual Holiday Snap

...but from a very different place from the one in my RNA story . Here I am, in 2010, in Wellington, New Zealand, outside the birthplace of the author whom I consider to be the best woman writer of short stories of all time, Katherine Mansfield. We were on a lovely guided tour, but unfortunately our stay in Wellington coincided with the two days when the house is closed, but at least that gives me an excuse to return some day. I love Katherine Mansfield's work; she is exactly the kind of writer I would like to have been, sharp, sassy, poetic, poignant and insightful. If you haven't read her yet, including her brilliant journals, I urge you to do so. And there's also a superb biography by Claire Tomalin that's not to be missed.


  1. Very interesting to discover your blog and to read that you are a great fan of Katherine Mansfield. I am a big supporter of the Katherine mansfield corner - and also have a special interest in literary biography - and think that Claire Tomalin's bio of KM is masterly indeed. It is one of those literary biographies that really enrich one's understanding of the author's work - I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago.

    Great post - looking forward to reading more in the future.

    thanks for sharing


  2. Thanks for calling in Hannah! I really like the look of your blog, and I'll try and call in regularly. We seem to have read and enjoyed many of the same books, for example 'Red Pottage' and 'Among the Bohemians'.