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While Joan Lindsay's haunting Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock is a work of fiction, the story is often considered one of Australia's greatest mysteries.

On Saint Valentine`s day, 1900. a party of ninteen girls accompanied by two schoolmistresses sets off from a fashionable College for Young Ladies for a day`s outing at the spectacular volcanic mass called Hanging Rock. What begins as a pleasant and happy day out ends in inexplicable terror. The sinister implications of the events cannot be ignored, and Joan Lindsay traces the effects of this mysterious incident on the lives of the people involved.

Reviews

This deliciously horrific Australian thriller, set in 1900, could be seen as an anti-picnic cautionary tale.

Observer

Written in a beautifully haunting style that drew me in.

Esther McKay, Sun Herald (Australia)

A sinister tale...laced with touches of other-worldliness

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143787204

    November 13, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    192 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140031492

    May 31, 1975

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    192 pages

    RRP $22.95

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
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    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781743480946

    January 30, 2013

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    192 pages

    RRP $22.95

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Also by Joan Lindsay

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Popular Penguins
Picnic at Hanging Rock: Penguin Australian Classics
Picnic at Hanging Rock: Australian Children's Classics

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