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Beyond the Rock : The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic at Hanging Rock - Janelle McCulloch

Beyond the Rock

The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic at Hanging Rock


Published: 1st April 2017
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In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay sat down and wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies? college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900. The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century.

Beyond the Rock looks at not just the myth of Picnic and how it has become part of Australia?s culture, but also the story behind it. It examines Joan Lindsay?s enigmatic life, much of which she kept secret from the world, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life, and her life at Mulberry Hill, the Lindsays? own Arcadia deep in the Victorian countryside.

This is the story of one of Australia?s most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.

About the Author

Janelle McCulloch has been a journalist, editor and author for 20 years, both in Australia and Europe. She has worked as an editor for many home and lifestyle magazines, and has contributed style and design pieces to well-known publications such as Sunday Life, Vogue Living, Elle, Marie Claire, the(melbourne)magazine and Inside Melbourne.


The follow up of , "Picnic at Hanging Rock"


The book is a good theory on what happened on, The Hanging Rock Mystery

Australia NSW




This book gave me a more thorough insight into the Movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and the Author of the book's childhood/upbringing had a huge influence on why the book was written. After reading it I actually brought another copy for my friend's birthday as we are both in the same era. Thoroughly recommended and printed in such a way that it is a "coffee table" book.



Great Book


I live in the Macedon Ranges and this book has opened my eyes to the history of the area and especially the story behind "Picnic at Hanging Rock".

Mt Macedon


Well worth a read


I have enjoyed this book immensely it is so well written and the insight into Joan Lindsay's world is fascinating

Goulburn NSW



4.5 4


ISBN: 9781760405625
ISBN-10: 1760405620
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st April 2017
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Country of Publication: AU