Author(s): Jane Mander
The narrative of Alice Roland's long and steady growth towards shared love, a new awareness of life and a sense of personal liberation flows through the pages of the first New Zealand novel to convincingly confront many of the twentieth century's major political, religious, moral and social issues - including women's rights. This is the most celebrated of Jane Mander's six novels, and is believed by many to be the source of Jane Campion's film The Piano. Cover design by Trelise Cooper. First published 1920; this edition 2007.
Mary Jane Mander was born in 1877 at Ramarama, near Auckland. The eldest of five children, her childhood was spent around Auckland and Northland, including several years at Pukekaroro, near Kaiwaka, the setting of The Story of a New Zealand River. She was a primary school teacher for a number of years before working as a journalist in Northland.