Owls Do Cry [Audio]


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One of the classics of New Zealand literature.

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Janet Frame (1924–2004) is New Zealand's most distinguished and celebrated writer. She wrote eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, a children's book, and a three-volume autobiography. Heather Bolton is a Melbourne-based actor who has extensive stage and screen experience. After winning a GOFTA for her role as Meg in Gaylene Preston’s 1985 debut feature Mr Wrong, she went on to feature in television series Blue Heelers, Stingers, Rush and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and films Illustrious Energy, Rainbow’s End and The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Heather also writes and performs in plays for Melbourne’s Ranters Theatre.


"Janet Frame is one of the most poignant and moving of writers."

"Janet Frame is one of New Zealand's literary treasures, and her first novel, Owls Do Cry, published in 1957, is considered a masterpiece. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the novel chronicles the harrowing experiences of 14-year-old Daphne, diagnosed schizophrenic and confined to a mental institution. Much of Daphne's story unfolds in stream-of-consciousness ramblings, the hallucinatory, lyrical poetry that marks the music of madness. Heather Bolton's voice is soft and intriguing, a voice clearly from another world. When Daphne sings her poetry, Bolton's wispy, compelling school-girl soprano confirms that this book is a perfect fit for audio. Voices from the outside world come mainly from Daphne's sister, Teresa's, detailed diaries. Bolton handles the more grounded prose with ease, while making Daphne's surreal interior monologues strange, beautiful, and haunting"
*AudioFile Magazine*

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