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Eleven stories to which Patrick White brings his immense understanding of the urges which lie just beneath the facade of ordinary human relationships, especially those between men and women. A girl beset by her mother's influence, who marries her father's friend. . . A young man strangely moved into marriage with a girl like the mother who never understood him. . . A pretty market researcher who learns the ultimate details of love with a difference. . . The collector of bird-calls who unwittingly records the call of a very human nature.


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.

Daily Telegraph

Patrick White's first collection of short stories confirms his strength as a creative artist.

The Times

Intensely original, dsturbing.

Sunday Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 12, 1996

    Vintage Classics

    320 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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Also by Patrick White

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The Vivisector
The Hanging Garden
Riders In The Chariot
Memoirs Of Many In One
The Twyborn Affair
The Eye Of The Storm (film tie-in)
A Fringe Of Leaves
Collected Short Stories
The Living And The Dead
The Solid Mandala
The Aunt's Story
The Tree Of Man


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime