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    DescriptionTwo 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 he left behind a masterpiece in the making, published here for the first time.

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    The Hanging Garden
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 370 g
    ISBN 13: 9780224097239
    ISBN 10: 0224097237

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    DC23: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FB
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    05 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Patrick White was born in England in 1912. His Australian parents took him home when he was six months old but educated him in England, at Cheltenham College and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where his first novel, Happy Valley, was published to some acclaim in 1939. After serving in the RAF during the Second World War he returned to Australia with his partner, Manoly Lascaris. The novels, short stories and plays that followed The Tree of Man in 1956 made White a considerable figure in world literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The Hanging Garden was begun and put aside in 1981 when White was lured away to write once again for the theatre. The unfinished novel was found among his papers after his death in September 1990.
    Review quote
    "[A] coherent and polished read, shrewd and tender about its two protagonists... Arresting." -- Richard Davenport-Hines Spectator "What is instantly apparent is White's mastery of his art. He does what so many other writers ought to be able to do easily but often can't, which is set a scene economically and vividly." -- Alan Taylor Herald "In Patrick White's centenary year, fans of Australia's only Nobel Laureate had two treats: the publication of his unfinished last novel, The Hanging Garden and the reissue of his first, Happy Valley." -- Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph "It is frustrating and tantalising that The Hanging Garden is left, well, hanging." -- Robert Macfarlane Sunday Times