The first of three parts of this documentary (for viewers within New Zealand).
The second of three parts of this documentary (for viewers within New Zealand).
The third of three parts of this documentary (for viewers within New Zealand).
Here is this governess in a gentile Canterbury home reading to a little girl, not of fairies or well-behaved Victorian heroes but of King Lear, Shakespeare at his most cataclysmic speaking of cruelty.– Narrator, on Ngaio's childhood being read to by Ms Ffitch
I'd read a detective novel ... and I thought I wonder if I could do this sort of thing. There was a little stationery shop around the corner, ... I went round there and bought some penny exercise books and a pencil. It poured with rain all the next day and I wrote quite a lot of A Man Lay Dead.– Dame Ngaio Marsh, on writing her first book
.. it’s [...] gratitude that we all feel to her for leading us towards an extra dimension in our lives that we wouldn’t otherwise perhaps have had.– A close friend on working with Ngaio