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Picnic at Hanging Rock
Written by:
Joan Lindsay 
Read by:
Jacqueline McKenzie 
Abridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
3 hours 1 minutes 
August 28 2011 
Available Date:
August 28 2011 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian 
ABC Audio 
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A haunting and enigmatic tale that will keep you awake and wondering long after you've finished this classic Australian mystery.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR TELEVISION SERIES STARRING NATALIE DORMER (GAME OF THRONES). ‘Everyone agreed that the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock - a shimmering summer morning warm and still, with cicadas shrilling...’ St Valentine’s Day, in the midst of the hot summer of 1900, a party of schoolgirls went on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Some were never to return... An Australian classic, the disappearance of three girls and a schoolteacher at Hanging Rock has captivated and intrigued audiences for generations. Jacqueline McKenzie’s interpretation of the best selling novel captures all of the beauty of the Rock and illustrates the eerie sense of the unknown for which the story is legendary.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a classic piece of Australian fiction, first published in 1967, and presenting a mystery which is so well known that many believe it to have some element of truth. A wonderful story which has withstood the test of time.

On Valentine’s Day in the year 1900, three young ladies from a boarding school go missing during a class excursion to the famous Australian landmark Hanging Rock. The mystery is never solved, and the events that follow are disturbing, even bordering on supernatural. Jacqueline McKenzie portrays every character with subtle perfection. Her soft Australian accent is almost hypnotic, and haunting flute music between chapters adds to the mysterious air. Listeners won’t find a satisfying ending in this story - which is part of its draw - but they will hear melodious language and thought-provoking scenes. Those who are interested in the history of this well-known Australian novel should know that this is the original version, which doesn’t include the author’s posthumously published explanation.
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