Hot off the press is the latest Janet Frame title from Virago:
A Virago Modern Classic, introduced by Michele Roberts.
"Janet Frame was one of the greatest writers in English of the twentieth century. Her work shines and burns unstoppably."
~ Michele Roberts
Michele Roberts' own recently released collection of stories, Mud: Stories of Sex and Love has been gathering glittering reviews.
Her introduction to the best of Frame's published stories is a beautiful piece of writing in itself, poetic and perceptive. She recommends The Daylight and the Dust "like a friend enthusing over her favourite book and urging you to read it":
...you don't need to read this introduction: you could just go straight to the stories. They are not difficult and they do not need explaining. their art seems effortless; does not flaunt itself.
Virago Press, of the Little, Brown stable, is the largest women's imprint in the world.
Virago Editor Lennie Goodings and Virago won the title of "Imprint and Editor of the Year" at the recent UK Bookseller Industry Awards.
In 2009 Virago had its most successful year in terms of turnover and profit, and increased its share of the literary fiction market from fourth to third biggest. The Judges praised Virago's balance of commercial with critical success.
* The Daylight and the Dust: selected short stories has also been released this week (July 1st 2010) in Australia by Random House Australia under their Vintage imprint. (Also available in EPUB/eBook format.)
* The same selection of Janet Frame's stories that is found in The Daylight and the Dust is available to readers in New Zealand and the USA under the title Prizes:
Prizes: Selected Short Stories (Vintage, Random House New Zealand, 2009)
Prizes: The Selected Stories of Janet Frame (Counterpoint USA 2009)