The New Zealand Novel 1860-1965
Idols. Sylvia Ashton-Warner was awarded the New Zealand Literary Fund Scholarship after the publication of Spinster, and set to work on her second novel which appeared first in America in 1960. America had, of course, taken up Spinster in a big way, and Incense to Idols had an equally enthusiastic reception. It is, like Spinster, having a stormy passage in New Zealand.
"One excellent novel is just that; two of them by the same author form strong evidence that the world has another fine writer," said Time.23