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The Aunt's Story  : Vintage Classics - Patrick White

The Aunt's Story

Vintage Classics

Paperback Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9781741667585
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old

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FROM AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR

With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel. But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

ISBN: 9781741667585
ISBN-10: 1741667585
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Audience: General
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: April 2008
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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Patrick White

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 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.

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