"A writer of such chillingly matter-of-fact, unself-pitying vigor that her vision transcends itself." New Yorker"
Anna Kavan was one of the greatest unsung enigmas in 20th-century British literature. Born asHelen Ferguson, who lived a fraught childhood and two failed marriages led her to change her name to that of one of her characters. Despite struggling with mental illness and heroin addiction for most of her life, she was still able to write fiction that was as powerful and memorable as any English female writer of the last 150 years."