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A 50th-anniversary edition of the landmark novel about three “gone girls” that inspired the acclaimed 1975 film, featuring a foreword by Maile Meloy, author of Do Not Become Alarmed
It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned. . . .
Mysterious and subtly erotic, Picnic at Hanging Rock inspired the iconic 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir. A beguiling landmark of Australian literature, it stands with Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides as a masterpiece of intrigue.
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With its mix of supernatural mystery, stifled sexuality, and adolescent emotion, this Australian classic remains a fascinating read. Joan Lindsay’s novel follows a group of schoolgirls who vanish into the wilderness on Valentine’s Day 1900. The story hovers in an unsettling space that’s somewhere between a dream, an urban myth, and reality; Lindsay claimed the plot came to her in feverish dreams over consecutive nights, and never confirmed to what extent the story was fiction. But Picnic at Hanging Rock is more than a creepy gothic—it captures young women’s fervent desire for independence and freedom at the dawn of the 20th century.
Joan Lindsay’s most popular work(1967) I think. Peter Weir directed the movie(1975.) Give your self free rein to enjoy them.