Who is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Author(s): Lynley Hood

New Zealand Literature | Literary biography

For four years, writer Lynley Hood, was obsessed, or possibly possessed, by New Zealand writer and educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner. This compelling diary is a record of Hood's experiences and reflections as she pieced together the multi-dimensional puzzle of Sylvia Ashton-Warner's life for her award-winning biography, Sylvia!Hood candidly reveals the fascination and complexities of the biographer's search; the highs of extraordinary discoveries, the lows of confusion and doubt, the frustrations and intrigue of the New Zealand literary scene of the time, as well as chronicling her own development as a solitary, full-time writer. ,i>Who is Sylvia? brilliantly captures the unflinching spirit and energy of the biographer. It's an absorbing, intimate and delicious read - as only a diary can be!


Product Information

Lynley Hood's writing career was launched with her award-winning biography of Sylvia Ashton Warner, Sylvia!. It won the 1989 Book of the Year Wattie Award and the Pen First Book of Prose Award. She followed with Who Is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography and in 1994 Minnie Dean: Her Life and Crimes, a finalist in the NZ Book Awards. Her controversial book A City Possessed published in 2001 went on to win the Montana Book of the Year Award as well as the People's Choice Award. Lynley is a former Burns Fellow, she holds a MSc in Physiology and a Doctorate of Literature from the University of Otago.

General Fields

  • : 9781877460159
  • : Longacre Press
  • : Longacre Press
  • : 0.482
  • : July 1990
  • : 210mm X 135mm X 23mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lynley Hood
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd New edition
  • : very good
  • : 306
  • : illustrations