Michael King – 1998-99
Michael King (1945-2004) was a widely respected author of over thirty books of New Zealand biography, history, current affairs, landscape, Maori and Pakeha culture, and autobiography. By the time he received his 'Burns-ships' (1998 and the first half of 1999), he was, in Professor Lawrence Jones's words 'a national institution'. After almost three years of research, King moved to Dunedin to specifically write the official biography of Janet Frame. Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame was published in 2000, and it won King the Montana Medal for Non-fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
Michael King, Wrestling with the Angel. A Life of Janet Frame. Auckland: Viking; Penguin, 2000. General PR 9641 F7 Z5 KH5.