Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Penguin, 2009 - Australian fiction - 188 pages
While Joan Lindsay's haunting Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock is a work of fiction, the story is often considered one of Australia's greatest mysteries.

In 1900, a class of young women from an exclusive private school go on an excursion to the isolated Hanging Rock, deep in the Australian bush. The excursion ends in tragedy when three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish after climbing the rock. Only one girl returns, with no memory of what has become of the others . . .

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An Australian classic. It has always interested me that the watches all stopped at twelve o'clock because Lady Joan never wore a watch as they would never keep time or stop completely if she did. This novel really is a must read. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Joan Lindsay was an Australian novelist, playwright, essayist, and visual artist. She grew up in Melbourne and in 1922 married the artist Sir Daryl Lindsay, youngest son of the creative Lindsay family, in London. The Lindsays travelled together in Europe and the USA, Daryl with his paints and Joan with her typewriter. In 1936, Joan published her first literary work under a pseudonym, a satirical novel titled Through Darkest Pondelayo. Her second novel, Time Without Clocks, was published almost thirty years later and was a semi-autobiographical account of her early married years.

In 1967, Joan published her most celebrated work, Picnic at Hanging Rock, a Gothic novel set in 1900 written in the form of a true story. It details a how three schoolgirls inexplicably vanish at Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. The novel sparked critical and public interest and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time. It was adapted into a 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir.

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