Mansfield & Me

Sarah Laing


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Eye Books
27 April 2018
ISBN: 9781785630705
348 pages

From the publisher

A graphic memoir

LONGLISTED: Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

‘I was very taken with Mansfield and Me’ Claire Armitstead, The Guardian

The only writer to inspire jealousy in Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield hung out with the modernists, dabbled in Alistair Crowley's druggy occult gatherings and spent her last days in a French commune before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 34.

Having written, ‘Oh to be a writer, a real writer’, she became as famous for her letters and diaries as for her short stories. She is regarded as a literary giant in her native New Zealand, but she had to leave the country to become one.

Sarah Laing wanted to be a real writer too – as famous as Katherine Mansfield, but not as tortured. Mansfield and Me charts her journey towards publication and parenthood against her hero’s dramatic story.

A mix of memoir, biography and fantasy set in London, Paris, New York and New Zealand, it examines how our lives connect to those of our idols.