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    Description"Happy Valley" is Patrick White's first novel. It was published by George C. Harrap in London in 1939 when White was twenty-seven. It was praised by, among others, Graham Greene and Elizabeth Bowen, and won the Australian Literature Gold Medal in 1941, but, fearing that he had libelled one of the families portrayed in the novel, White did not allow the novel to be republished in English in his lifetime. Happy Valley is a place of dreams and secrets, of snow and ice and wind. In this remote little town, perched in its landscape of desolate beauty, everybody has a story to tell about loss and longing and loneliness, about their passion to escape. I must get away, thinks Dr Oliver Halliday, thinks Alys Browne, thinks Sidney Furlow. But Happy Valley is not a place that can be easily left, and White's vivid characters, with their distinctive voices, move bit by bit towards sorrow and acceptance. "Happy Valley" is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of Patrick White's work.


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    Title
    Happy Valley
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224097888
    ISBN 10: 0224097881
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 823.3
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    01 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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 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, an unfinished novel he put aside in 1981, was found among his papers after his death in 1990 and published by Cape in 2012. Introduction by Peter Craven.
    Review quote
    "Miraculously good." -- Kate Saunders The Times "Grant's salty sweet memoir...is inflected with the Jamaican patois spoken by his parents, and is a classic of its kind." -- Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph "White won the Novel prize for literature in 1973 but has been poorly neglected since; perhaps [this book] will help put the record straight." -- Claire Allfree Metro "To read it now is like encountering a new work by, say, William Faulkner." -- Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph "Assured and finely textured." -- Oliver Dennis Literary Review