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7 Sept 2002

Lynley's Books

Lynley Hood, Who is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography, McIndoe, Dunedin, 1990

For four years Lynley Hood was obsessed, or possibly possessed, by Sylvia Ashton-Warner. This compelling diary is a record of Hood's experiences and reflections as she pieces together the multi-dimensional puzzle of Sylvia Ashton-Warner's life for her award winning biography, Sylvia! Hood 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 and the author's own development as a solitary full-time writer.

Who is Sylvia? is absorbing, intimate and delicious reading as only a diary can be.