Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Joan Lindsay, 1967

  • Australia, #14
  • Kindle, £4.37
  • Read March 2014
  • Rating 4/5
  • Opening line: “Everyone agreed that the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock – a shimmering summer morning warm and still, with cicadas shrilling all through breakfast from the loquat trees outside the dining-room windows and bees murmuring above the pansies bordering the drive.”
  • Recommended for: proper young ladies who read Patricia Highsmith and Daphne du Maurier, have a secret love of Unsolved Mysteries, and appreciate the pathos of the opening scene of Carrie but find the rest of the movie lacking in subtlety

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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin, 1901

  • Australia, #5
  • Borrowed from Camden Library, London
  • Read May, 2014
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Opening Line: “Boo, hoo! Ow, ow; Oh! oh! Me’ll die. Boo, hoo. The pain, the pain! Boo, hoo!”
  • Recommended for: People who find “Happily ever after” a little bit suspect (especially those who have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the princess who’s getting the raw end of the marriage deal)

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