Few recent books have caused a stir as great as Charlotte Grimshaw’s incendiary memoir The Mirror Book, which tore the lid off one of New Zealand’s most well-known literary families: that of poet, novelist and memoirist C. K. Stead. ‘It’s material. Go and make a story out of it,’ was a mantra in the Stead house, and finally Grimshaw came out from behind the fictional veil to tell the truth as she saw it. The book has been praised by reviewers and readers, even as they squirm in discomfort at the inevitable fallout the book has caused. Grimshaw appears in conversation with Stephanie Johnson.