Digging for Spain: A Writer's Journey

Author(s): Penelope Todd

Biographies & Memoirs

As her children grow up, and her strong sense of Christian faith wavers, Penelope Todd realises that she has to make some drastic changes to her life. She leaves her nursing job and risks everything -- as Mansfield once said -- in order to pursue her wish to write. Using day-to-day observations of people, nature, weather, New Zealand and Spain, the author carefully untangles her life and decides to go through psychoanalysis. She uncovers a fiercely focused need to open herself up and to explore and discover new horizons. She glances in and out of the past, showing how the present is tugged at by memory, and how memory shudders through the present. This is a portrait of the growth of a writer, of the challenges of faith, and the route one woman takes to reach a better accommodation with herself, and her family.


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Penelope Todd is better known for her junior and young adult novels. She has written seven novels to date: many have been shortlisted for NZ Post. In 2005 at an artists' and writers' residence near Barcelona, she began this memoir. Since she has taken up an invitation to a Swiss international writer's residency and is presently in Iowa after being awarded the Iowa Fellowship

General Fields

  • : 9781877361968
  • : Longacre Press
  • : Longacre Press
  • : 0.212
  • : March 2008
  • : 210mm X mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Penelope Todd
  • : Paperback
  • : 823
  • : 175
  • : Biography & autobiography: literary
  • : illustrations