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Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

The classic, atmospheric Australian thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a group of young girls.

A cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred...

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 Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

They never returned.

Is Picnic at Hanging Rock fact or fiction? Only you can truly decide.


About the Product

  • Type: Paperback
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Published: 2013-02-07
  • ISBN: 978-0099577140
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 12.85 x 1.42 x 19.84 cm


About the Author

Joan Lindsay was born Joan à Beckett Weigall in Melbourne, Australia, in 1896. She attended Clyde Girls Grammar School, the model for Appleyard College in Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, where she studied painting.

On Valentine’s Day 1922 she married Daryl Lindsay in London. She chose Valentine’s Day 1900 as the setting for Picnic at Hanging Rock, her best-known work, which was first published in 1967.  

The novel is the basis for the 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir.

She died in Melbourne in 1984.


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