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The Hanging Garden : A previously unpublished novel from the winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature - Patrick White

The Hanging Garden

A previously unpublished novel from the winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War. The boy's mother has died in the Blitz. The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison. In wartime Australia, these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the world.

With the tenderness and rigour of an old, wise novelist, Patrick White explores the world of these children, the city of his childhood and the experience of war. The Hanging Garden ends as the news reaches Sydney of victory in Europe, and the children face their inevitable separation.

White put the novel aside at this point and how he planned to finish the work remains a mystery. But at his death in 1990 he left behind a masterpiece in the making, which is published here for the first time.

About the Author

Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England at Cheltenham college and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. He returned to Australia after the war. He became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The great poet of Australian landscape, he turned its vast empty spaces into great mythic landscapes of the soul. His position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. He died in September 1990.

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published pothsumously,it shows.

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Pros

  • Badly edited
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Not The Authors Best

Best Uses

  • Older Readers

Comments about The Hanging Garden:

As Australia's only Nobel prize winning author,you would expect a very high standard of writing.This book,published un-edited by the author is a little disappointing.However,as Mr White is a magnificent author,The Hanging Garden is still a wonderful story,his understanding of human nature shines through,as always.

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Patrick White

Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England and served in the RAF, before returning to Australia after World War II.

Happy Valley, White’s first novel, is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains and is based on his experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales.

White went on to publish twelve further novels (one posthumously), three short-story collections and eight plays. His novels include The Aunt’s Story and Voss, which won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Eye of the Storm and The Twyborn Affair.

He was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1973, and is considered one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century. White died in 1990, aged seventy-eight.

Visit Patrick White's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9781742752655
ISBN-10: 1742752659
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd April 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.36