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Charlotte Grimshaw

The Mirror Book

Mirror Book
3 pm, Sunday 25 September
Plough and Feather Garden Bar
Tickets: Full $20, Concession $18
Duration: 50 minutes
Plough and Feather

Caroline and Dave say: Charlotte’s memoir is brave and riveting. How lucky we are to have one of this country’s best writers at Upsurge in between international engagements.

Aucklander Charlotte Grimshaw is the award-winning author of the brave, explosive, and thought-provoking family memoir The Mirror Book.

‘It’s material, make a story out of it,’ was the mantra Charlotte Grimshaw – daughter of author C.K. Stead – grew up with in her famous literary family. But when her life suddenly turned upside-down, she needed to re-examine the reality of that material. The more she delved into her memories, the more the real characters in her life seemed to object. So, what was the truth of ‘a whole life lived in fiction’?

This is a vivid account of a New Zealand upbringing where rebellion was encouraged, where trouble and tragedy lay ahead. It looks beyond the public face to the ‘messy reality of family life – and much more’.

Infidelity, sexual assault, domestic violence, literary battles and a family feud. It’s not a novel but Charlotte Grimshaw’s explosive memoir. NZ Listener

Extremely well-written…a deeply affectionate portrait, but always probing and unflinching in its examination of family and self. The Sydney Morning Herald