If her terrified cries had been heard by anyone but a wallaby squatting in a clump of bracken a few feet away, the picnic at Hanging Rock might yet have been just another picnic on a summer's day. On a cloudless summer day in 1900, a group from Appleyard College for Young Ladies goes for a picnic. In the heat of the afternoon sun, three girls climb through the scrub-and disappear. Ethereal and enigmatic, Picnic at Hanging Rock has been haunting the Australian imagination for half a century.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 20 Sep 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7(H) x 13(L) x 2.2(W)
Weight (gm): 204
'In the seemingly limitless pantheon of gone-girl literature, Picnic at Hanging Rock
might take the prize for best setting...It's a proto-Virgin Suicides
, dreamy and haunting, animated by a sense of slightly sickening erotic mystery.' * New Yorker *
'Deliciously horrific.' * Observer *
'Chilling...still sends a shiver down my spine.' * Sara Foster *
Joan Lindsay was born in Melbourne in 1896. Originally trained as a visual artist, she turned to writing after her marriage to Sir Daryl Lindsay in 1922. Her first novel, Through Darkest Pondelayo (1936), was a parody of popular travel books. Her second, Time Without Clocks, wasn't published until nearly thirty years later; her most famous, Picnic at Hanging Rock, was released in 1967 and made into a film in 1975. She died in 1984.