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From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Set in Australia in the 1840s, A Fringe of Leaves combines dramatic action with a finely distilled moral vision.

Returning home to England from Van Diemen's land, the Bristol Maid is shipwrecked on the Queensland coast and Mrs Roxburgh is taken prisoner by a tribe of Australian Aboriginals, along with the rest of the passengers and crew. In the course of her escape, she is torn by conflicting loyalties - to her dead husband, to her rescuer, to her own and to her adoptive class.

Reviews

In his major post-war novels, the pain and earnestness of the individual's quest for 'meaning and design' can be felt more intensely than perhaps anywhere else in contemporary Western prose.

The Sunday Times

A complete success . . . this is one of his best novels.

Paul Theroux, The Times

To read Patrick White . . . is to touch a source of power, to move through areas made new and fresh, to see men and women with a sharpened gaze.

The Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9781864711486

    April 1, 2010

    Vintage Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742743707

    February 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    416 pages

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