Siobhan Harvey reviews Raiment for Kete Books


‘There’s a poetic delicacy about New Zealand author Jan Kemp’s new memoir, Raiment. From its narrative voice to its revivification of Aotearoa in the early 1970s, from its active embracement of authorial verses to its beautiful production, this is a book which evokes Kemp’s truth in a tender, lyrical manner while also reminding us about a history (or should that be her-story) in some ways thankfully lost and in others sadly still far too relevant.

‘Ultimately, in all this, Raiment seduces us with its historical reenactments and leaves us eager to the next instalment of a life bravely lived by a woman who, in the poetic adage of the time, took the path less followed.’

Read the full review at Kete here.