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Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
In 1900, a class of young women from an exclusive private school go on an excursion to the isolated Hanging Rock, deep in the Australian bush. The excursion ends in tragedy when four girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish after climbing the rock. Only one girl returns, with no memory of what has become of the others . . .Co-founded by Jane and Glenn McGrath, the McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women.The McGrath Foundation believes 150 of these specially trained nurses are needed to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation. McGrath Breast Care Nurses offer a unique service to families who can self-refer to this free support.Penguin is proud to donate $1 from the original sale of each Pink Popular Penguin to help the McGrath Foundation realise their goal. To find out how you can make a difference visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
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DivineDiana
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Lcsmcat This is the edition I have. 😀 4d
DivineDiana @Lcsmcat 👏🏻 I still have to actually read it! 🤦‍♀️ 4d
Lcsmcat @DivineDiana Me too. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I saw part of the movie, decades ago when I was babysitting, and I was totally confused because there is a Hanging Rock State Park near where I grew up in NC, so I thought it was a local story. ☺️ 4d
DivineDiana @Lcsmcat Perfectly understandable! 🙂 4d
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Cinfhen
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This book has been on my TBR too long. Was feeling it & I gotta say, I‘m liking this intro...

CrowCAH Are we still on to co-host a score musical challenge next month? 1w
Cinfhen Yup @CrowCAH Indeed we are 💕 1w
squirrelbrain I‘m going to be reading this one soon, courtesy of the lovely @Cathythoughts 😁❤️ 1w
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LeahBergen I really liked this one (and be forewarned: it‘s weird 😆). 1w
CrowCAH @Cinfhen woohoo yay! I‘m working on the song titles, so soon I‘ll have them in a picture to share with you! 1w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Ditto! 😀 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I liked this very much. Watch the adaptations after that - old and new 👍 1w
Cinfhen I‘m excited @CrowCAH you can share the list with me first or just post and tag me. My email is cindyh666 at iCloud dot com 7d
Cinfhen I wasn‘t expecting “weird” @LeahBergen @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm and I didn‘t know it was turned into a film...twice!!! I never got past that first page last night 🙄hoping to read some today. 7d
CrowCAH @Cinfhen perfect, I‘ll send it your way via email first. 7d
Cinfhen @CrowCAH 😊👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7d
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IndoorDame
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This is one of the first things I considered putting on my fall seasonal reading list, so when I saw this I just had to buy it.

WhatWouldJaneDo I liked this one, it'll be a great atmospheric read for fall! 1w
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squirrelbrain
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@Cathythoughts - thank you so much for the wonderful books! I‘ve nearly bought the tagged book a few times so Im very much looking forward to that! I put Case Histories on my TBR as it is The Leeds Library‘s book group read for October, so that‘s fabulous! I know lots of Littens love the series too...

And the chocolate looks lovely - I don‘t think we get that in England so I can‘t wait... 😋

Thank you @kaysworld1 for the lovely card!

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely gifts. 👏The tagged book is good 👍 2w
Cathythoughts Your so welcome friend 💫.. happy Birthday 🎉. Case Histories is my Bookclub choice for September too 🤷🏻‍♀️ must be something in the air .... and a Litsy buddy read for the Holliday season too 2w
Cathythoughts Text went .... happy Birthday Helen xxxxx enjoy your day 2w
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MaureenMc Mmm, Butler‘s 😋🍫 1w
youneverarrived That chocolate is so nice 😋 Lovely gifts ♥️ 1w
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - i‘m really looking forward to reading it, sounds like another series that we might get hooked into! ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen How nice! And both books are SO good. 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
squirrelbrain That‘s good to know @LeahBergen - I‘m looking forward to both of them! 1w
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TheEllieMo
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It feels as if this book, and its film adaptions, are so well-known that I was sure I knew the story, but really all I knew about was the first couple of chapters, and I‘m not giving any spoilers in saying that a group of school girls go missing during a school outing the Hanging Rock.

Lindsay‘s writing is very atmospheric, and the storyline is intriguing, and very sad (almost distressing) in places

TheEllieMo I read on (I think) Wikipedia, that Lindsay had written a chapter in which the mystery of the disappearance of the schoolgirls was revealed, but her publisher advised her to omit it from the published novel. It was subsequently published separately in 3w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A group of students from a private girls‘ school near Melbourne have a picnic near Hanging Rock. A few go to explore the rocks on their own. Three of the girls and one of their teachers go #missing in unusual circumstances. A fascinating story.
#ayupaugust

Moray_Reads LOVED this one 1mo
Cinfhen Own it but haven‘t read it yet 😜#StoryOfMyLife 1mo
squirrelbrain Great pick - added to the stack! 1mo
Cathythoughts I have this & must read soon 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
gradcat Loved both the book and the movie...and the TV series. No, kidding—I didn‘t watch the TV series! ♥️😂 1mo
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awishman
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Mehso-so

A mystery that isn't really a mystery because we never find out the solution. This story just didn't work for me. I had a hard time keeping the characters clear in my mind, and I didn't care for the story arc or ending.

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Samplergal
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Chula picked my next book for me. I‘ve had this for many years and it‘s just time to read it. #24in48 @24in48

rretzler I wonder if it explains more than the movie? 2mo
Readerann 🐶❤️ 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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This is one of those books where I loved the atmosphere of what was going on and the premise. I enjoyed reading this but it also did one of my pet peeves.
All the good characters are beautiful and the bad characters are ugly, I forgive this for certain time periods even though it grates on me but this was written in the 60s so I‘m less forgiving of the trope in this case.
It‘s a pick as mostly I enjoyed when I wasn‘t rolling my eyes.

Emilymdxn I find that so frustrating too! 2mo
catiewithac Kate Bush 😍 2mo
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn glad it‘s not just me! 2mo
Weaponxgirl @catiewithac she will always be amazing! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I read this recently, good and haunting! 👍

#WanderingJune #downunder

Cathythoughts I picked this up in Spain 🇪🇸 after your recommendation... on a bargain... yet to read though ... would it be good for a Bookclub pick ? 3mo
Cinfhen I bought this recently from book depository xx glad to hear it‘s good!! 3mo
readordierachel Love that edition 😍 3mo
BarbaraBB Great cover! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts might be, I can see lots to talk about. And perhaps you all can watch the film after the book discussion..I‘m sure more things to discuss! 3mo
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Bookboss
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The story begins with the disappearance of three students and a teacher from the picnic at Hanging Rock. The author explores the aftermath of the incident and its effect on the individuals and the society rather than trying to solve the mystery. This is not a book for those readers who crave a neat and tidy resolution. I loved it.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too! 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Eerie and enjoyable! Beautiful writing, lush but not overwrought. I liked the gothic edge, the characters, and more than anything the landscape. Unforgiving Australian landscape books seem to be my jam! I maybe found the ending a bit unsatisfying, but I wasn‘t really in it for the plot so it wasn‘t enough to demote it from a pick

LeahBergen I just read this last year. So good! 👏🏻 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This classic is unlike any mystery you can imagine. Three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanished from a girls‘ boarding school field trip. A search and police investigation ensued, and other characters in the story tried to unravel the mystery. More significantly is how they cope with the disappearance, and how the bizarre incident changed the course of their lives forever. The picnic scene is described with beautiful dreamlike narrative. ?

erzascarletbookgasm ..(cont.). The whole story is a surreal mix of ambiguity and haunting mystery. I‘m going to search for the 1975 film, said to be a great success, and also the 2018 tv series, which gives a backstory to some characters. 4mo
JazzFeathers You've sold me. It really sounds so different and intriguing 4mo
Mdargusch I‘ve had this on my TBR forever. I‘m moving it up now! 4mo
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CarolynM The film is beautiful and very atmospheric. I haven't seen the recent TV version so I can't compare. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review.. this sounds so good 👍🏻stacked 4mo
batsy What @CarolynM said! The movie is just stellar. I've been meaning to read this for awhile and now I'm even more excited after your review. 4mo
LeahBergen I loved this book! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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It‘s been four days since I‘ve done any reading! #Yesterday I started to read the tagged book but didn‘t get any further than the first few pages, as I‘ve been plagued with runny nose/flu and headache 🤒🤧🤕. Didn‘t get any much #better today 😫. I think there won‘t be any reading done this weekend as the medicines will make me drowsy as well.😴 See you guys later!

#Beatlemaynia @Eggs
#AMonthOfSongs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Parvez Take care 4mo
tpixie Hope you feel better soon! ♥️🍀♥️ 4mo
ladym30 Feel better soon. 4mo
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Crazeedi Sending healing vibes !❣ 4mo
Eggbeater Sorry you're feeling so poorly. 😢 4mo
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mabell I hope you feel better soon! 4mo
GatheringBooks oh noes! colds are the worst. sending you healing energies! 🧚🏼‍♀️📚 4mo
dariazeoli Feel better! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Oh no! Hope you feel better soon! 4mo
kspenmoll Get well soon! So sorry you are sick! Sending healing thoughts! 💕 4mo
CarolynM Hope you feel better soon💙 4mo
Kaye Get Well Soon 💐 4mo
Lcsmcat Feel better! 4mo
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 4mo
Simona In situations like this, I usually listen some easy breezy audiobook. Feel better soon❣️ 4mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 💐 4mo
Eggs I hope you get lots of rest and feel better 4mo
Dragon Hope you feel better soon! 💐 4mo
BookwormAHN I hope you feel better soon 🍀 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you get to feeling better 💗💗💗 4mo
Kalalalatja Hope you feel bette soon! Take extra care of yourself 💕 4mo
Redwritinghood Yuck! Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 4mo
batsy Oh, that sucks. This awful weather isn't helping, either. Take care and I hope you feel better soon, J! ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Feel better 💕💕💕 4mo
youneverarrived Hope you feel better soon ♥️ 4mo
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MidnightBookGirl I hate being so sick that I can't read! Sending all the healing thoughts your way! 4mo
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JennyM Feel better lovely 😘😘😘 4mo
Reggie I hope you sleep for 48 hours and feel better!! 4mo
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LeslieO
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A dusting of the white stuff 4 days away from May! Good day to stay inside and work on #24b4Monday

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LeslieO
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Current fiction and nonfiction reads. Both recommendations from What Should I Read Next podcast.

Loreen The French yogurt cake recipe in A Homemade Life is excellent. 5mo
LeslieO @Loreen Oh yum! 5mo
Freespirit I must read Picnic at Hanging Rock one day! 5mo
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amyrohn
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I sped through the rest of this and completed my goal of wanting to finish it before the end of March! Solid mystery at an Australian boarding school where 3 girls vanish from a picnic on Valentine‘s Day. I thought the ambiguous ending really works for this story, though I am usually a fan of having no loose ends. Solid 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pageturner.Cliffhanger If you want to read the end, Lindsay did write one - the controversial Chapter 18. Her editor persuaded her not to publish, and she agreed, but she wanted it made available after her death. The last chapter is easily Googled. It‘s a lot wilder than you might imagine! 6mo
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amyrohn
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On the way to Philly to celebrate my mom‘s birthday, getting some reading done on the train!

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Reita325
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Pickpick

Ethereal, haunting and mysterious. A perfect blend of mystery with a vague sense of horror. The writing is right up there with Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Jackson, Josephine Tey and Charlotte Armstrong.

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Popped into town this morning whilst waiting for my boyfriend to go on his lunch break. I had another book themed gift voucher from Christmas to spend. I decided to browse the classics section. One of my bookish goals is to read one classic a month. I'm looking forward to starting these at some point.

CarolynM The Enchanted April ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
SealedWithInk @CarolynM is it good? I had only heard of it from one of the booktubers I watch. She has it on her TBR 8mo
CarolynM It's lovely. So is the film😍 8mo
SealedWithInk @CarolynM I didn't know there was a film. Ooh 8mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I loved this! What an intriguing mystery! I knew from the back of the book that it was about the disappearance of several girls at a picnic, but I assumed they got lost or kidnapped or ran into a wild animal—you know, something traditional. There is NOTHING traditional about the disappearances! The book has so many layers—the strange disappearances, of course, but also the effects of them on the people around them. And the ending! What a surprise!

Reviewsbylola I‘ve had this on my TBR for so long! 9mo
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LapReader
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On Monday night my Essington Building Book Club had their Xmas meeting. We all put a book in the centre of the table then pulled a different one out. I got this gem. Anyone watched the series? We all brought a dish from a Donna Hay cookbook. Mine was pannacotta.

gradcat I saw the 1975 movie directed by Peter Weir...it was so good! 10mo
LapReader I was only small when I watched that @gradcat I just thought it was weird. 10mo
gradcat @LapReader You‘re not the only one—all of my friends thought it was weird, too. I just found it so ethereal & otherworldly.... 10mo
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LapReader I remember thinking that too @gradcat 10mo
thegreensofa I love this book! I have read it so many times, it‘s a favourite!!! ♥️♥️♥️. Also just wondering have you send my two #lmpbc books yet? I keep checking the post lol and wearing out the carpet 🤪 10mo
LapReader I have @thegreensofa but it was only yesterday. 10mo
thegreensofa Thank you! 😄 👏🏻yay ! I‘ll let you know when they land! 🙂📚 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon Hi Allissa! I don't have anyone else from Australia in the swap. Would you be willing to send your package internationally? 10mo
CarolynM My book group does that kind of book Kris Kringle too. On Monday night I got 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon I liked the series. I want to read more about it now. 10mo
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Tamra
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Bailedbailed

Cricket and I are bailing on this one - it just got too slow in the middle and didn‘t have enough momentum to keep my attention. Too bad because I had really wanted to read this for a long time. 😐

Cinfhen Awww, I had high hopes for this one too! 10mo
jenniferajanes I‘ve heard a lot about that one too. I didn‘t buy it when it was on sale. Maybe it was the reviews that made me question it? Yours confirms it. 😢 10mo
Tamra @Cinfhen give it a try. The first third was engaging. It really could just be that I‘m so busy wrapping up a course I‘m taking that my brain wasn‘t up for anything that requires a little bit of tenacity. 10mo
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Tamra @jenniferajanes the premise is so intriguing! 10mo
jenniferajanes @Tamra It is! I may have to give it a try at some point. Right now, other books in my TBR pile are calling. 😉 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m gonna keep it in my #maybeOneDay stack 10mo
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Moray_Reads
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A predictable but inescapable choice for #underarock. I loved this tense, unsettling story of three girls who go missing during a school picnic #NoFemmeBer @Cinfhen @Billypar

saresmoore Excellent pick! I hadn‘t even thought of it. 🙃 10mo
Cathythoughts Perfect choice .. never entered my mind either ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Cinfhen Me neither😜and it‘s on my #TBR 10mo
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Chrissyreadit This needs to be in my TBR! 10mo
LeahBergen I loved this book, too. 👍🏻 10mo
Billypar Excellent- way to rock the rock prompt! 😉 10mo
Moray_Reads @Chrissyreadit it is so good 10mo
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AMVP
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#criterion #adaptation

Small shame: I still haven't seen this film or read the included original book. Bought more on reputation & 'cause it looked nice.

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Tamra
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I‘ve been wanting to get this one a long time! Woot!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I got it too! I‘d never heard of it but couldn‘t resist after reading the description. 11mo
Tamra I‘ve heard about it for years and it‘s very intriguing. Apparently speculation abounds as what really happened. A movie was made but I haven‘t seen it. (edited) 11mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I really enjoyed it!! 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @tamra @LeahBergen I‘m home sick today, so may take advantage of the quiet house and read this one now! 11mo
LeahBergen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s super weird but oddly compelling. 😆 11mo
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JamieArc
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Can we add another month of fall so I can get through all my fall reading? Really wanted to get through all of these but know I won‘t and am having trouble deciding which comes next. Are there any here you particularly loved or didn‘t?

TrishB The Thirteenth Tale is great 👍🏻 11mo
candc320 LOVED The Thirteenth Tale and The Lantern! 11mo
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valeriegeary More love for the thirteenth tale and the lantern! Great Gothic style! 11mo
Lesliereads I could have really used that extra month, this year! 10mo
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Aimeesue
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This has been on my TBR pile a long time. Interesting book.

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bookandbedandtea
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I liked the writing: there was a strong sense of atmosphere and place. I liked the way the stories unfolded.

I didn't like that there was never an explanation or resolution to the missing persons case which was more inexplicable due to one of the teachers also going missing. The (unrelated?) fate of Sara made me sad and angry.

Also, Mrs Appleyard is the most horrid woman I've encountered since Mrs Norris. 😠

Andrew65 Loved the film. 11mo
bookandbedandtea @Andrew65 I didn't realize there was a film! Maybe I'll try to find it. 11mo
CarolynM I agree , the fact that the mystery goes unresolved is really frustrating. It's such an eerie place though, so it kind of makes sense that we're left not knowing what to think about the story. The film is beautiful and atmospheric @Andrew65 There's a new TV adaptation that was shown here earlier this year. I don't know if it has been picked up internationally 11mo
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bookandbedandtea
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It seems the concept of "alternate facts" is not as recent as I thought. ???

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bookandbedandtea
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I'm barely managing to stay awake but this sounds good so I'm starting it. Hopefully I'll make some progress before I can no longer keep my eyes open.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Mehso-so

Atmospheric Australian gothic novel about a girls‘ boarding school trip gone wrong, and the reverberations through the broader community.

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quietjenn
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Finishing my lunch break with Canadian fudge and an Australian classic.

Ddzmini Fudge 😋 yum yum 13mo
Samantha.1020 Oh I‘ve read this one! You‘ll have to let me know what you think when you finish! 13mo
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AlizaApp
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Creepy story of a few girls who go missing at a mysterious rock in the Australian bush in 1900. Often hinted at the supernatural without ever embracing it. I couldn‘t put it down.

squirrelbrain This is being serialised on the BBC at the moment - haven‘t had chance to watch any of them yet but will do so soon! Perhaps I should read the book first though.... 14mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love this book and the movie 😍 14mo
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Jocelyn73c
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My most recent #HalfPriceBooks haul! I am so excited about what I found, especially the copy of Picnic At Hanging Rock!! I've been obsessed with the trippy Amazon show and can't wait to read the book. Some of these I have out from the library, but they were ones I wanted to own, and who can resist those used book deals?? Have any of you read any of these yet? Thoughts?
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Aloisi_tribe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I finished this book last weekend but forgot to post a review. In the early 1900s, a group of Australian school girls take a field trip and picnic lunch during which three of them and one of their teachers disappears. This book tells of the search for them and the aftermath of their disappearance. The story telling was great and I liked that you‘re left with unanswered questions.

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LeahBergen
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Okay, @saresmoore and @rubyslippersreads ! I‘m starting this one now for our buddy read (are you two already finished? 😂)

Thanks to @Lizpixie for the bookmark that lets me keep to the Australian theme. 😘

saresmoore I love the bookmark pairing! I‘m about halfway through and it is getting really good. 1y
TrishB Great match 💜 1y
vivastory I should read this one. It's been on my TBR for awhile! 1y
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LeahBergen @saresmoore @TrishB Bookmark matching makes me strangely gleeful. 😂 1y
LeahBergen @vivastory Jump in and read with us! 1y
vivastory Sounds great. I'm going to start tomorrow! 1y
saresmoore @vivastory I have the feeling you are going to devour this one! It‘s really good. 1y
vivastory I feel an impending PAHR marathon. After I finish it I think a rewatch of the movie is in order. I will also definitely be checking out the TV series 1y
rubyslippersreads No, I‘m just starting too. 😊 1y
TrishB Me too 💜 1y
wanderlustforwords How is it? I have a vintage edition on my shel. 1y
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m glad you‘re joining us and I definitely sense a view-a-thon in my near future. @saresmoore @rubyslippersreads 1y
LeahBergen @wanderlustforwords I‘ve read the first couple of chapters and I‘m loving the lush descriptions and slightly bizarrely erotic tone. It‘s going to be a weird one. 😆 Join us! 1y
Andrew65 This was a great film! 1y
saresmoore I just finished! Wow, it was excellent. Perhaps I‘ll wait to write my first novel until I‘m 70 and it will be this good? 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore I‘m about 2/3rds of the way through and I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. It‘s so good! 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @saresmoore I'm about halfway through and can't wait to find out what happens! But not till after my errands. 😠 1y
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads Errands! Adulting is the pits sometimes. I am excited for you to finish! She‘s great at subtlety. 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore @rubyslippersreads I‘m done. And to misquote Albert Crundall, “By jeez it‘s a bobbydazzler all rite”. WTF??? I seriously couldn‘t love it anymore if I tried. And did I say ... WTF?? We‘ll wait until @rubyslippersreads is done and then we can maybe hide a few comments under some spoilers? 1y
saresmoore Yes, please! And I KNOW, RIGHT?! 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads The foreword in my edition (which I fortunately skipped until after finishing the story) gives a bit more background & Lindsey‘s intended ending. With or without that information, I was totally blown away by this book! 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore I read about the extra chapter and didn‘t like that ending! I much prefer the published one. Oh! What about Sara‘s death?? I completely assumed that Mrs Appleyard killed her but then the way the body was found looked like suicide and Mrs Appleyard shrieked when it was discovered? But why hide the little basket? 🤔 @rubyslippersreads 1y
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @LeahBergen I read that foreword too, and I prefer the ending as-is. You can buy a Kindle book with that extra chapter plus essays about it, but I don‘t think I want to read it. 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @saresmoore I think Mrs. A didn‘t know what to do with Sara, thinking her guardian was no longer going to support her. I got the feeling she smothered her with a pillow, and just pretended to be surprised when the body was found. Poor Sara reminded me of a sadder, unluckier version of Sara Crewe. 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @saresmoore I thought of Sara Crewe, as well. And I must say, I loved the demise of Mrs A! That running leap off the Hanging Rock after the spectral vision of Sara? Gothic perfection. 👌🏼 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @saresmoore This is considered an Australian children‘s classic. 😳 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @saresmoore I‘m not so sure I‘d consider it a children‘s book! 😏 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I was surprised to hear it‘s considered a children‘s classic, too! I appreciated how ruthless she was with her characters. Some had all the luck, others were doomed to live or die in torment. And she kept so much of the motivations and character backstory a mystery. I‘m so glad the editors cut the final chapter! 1y
saresmoore Ooh, and I thought she did a delicious job with the slow reveal of Sara, the orphan‘s identity/significance. I was under the impression that Mrs. A murdered her, too, but there‘s no definitive answer to really anything except that Tom & Minnie lived happily ever after with lots of children. 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore @rubyslippersreads I loved how Tom and Minnie had their “happily ever after” and thought it was so well done how she showed the rippling effects of that one day on so many lives. I somehow feel that Mike and Bertie ended up together in those northern ranch lands as they had quite the bromance going on. 😆 I loved the character of dim, thick Edith, too. 😂 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @saresmoore I was also happy for Tom and Minnie and am rooting for Mike and Bertie. The other thing I really loved were the descriptions of nature; sometimes charming, like "the wise little bats, hanging upside-down," but more often scary, like the giant spider, and of course that final crag. 1y
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads Yes! I will read a book solely for descriptions like that. @LeahBergen She was so harsh to poor Edith! I thought it was pretty funny, as that‘s my mom‘s name, but the two couldn‘t be more different! This reminded me of some bizarre hybrid of O Caledonia & Middlemarch. Like the atmosphere & brevity of the former with the POV panned way out to omniscience, then zoomed in again to the microcosmic community. 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @saresmoore Yes! The descriptions of nature were positively lush (and I wasn‘t surprised to read afterwards that she was also a painter). And good point, Sara, about the point of view! It made me think of O Caledonia, too (with a bit of We Have Always Lived in the Castle). Hmm... I‘m just now realizing some of my favourite books are short, weird, and bizarrely atmospheric gothics about young girls. 🤔 1y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @rubyslippersreads I'm so glad you all liked this. I found it totally enthralling. Tense and weird and brilliant. I agree that it's very without the original ending, it's the not knowing that makes it and that explanation just seems a little unworthy of the rest 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @saresmoore I can see there are several books I‘ll have to move up the TBR list. 1y
rubyslippersreads @Moray_Reads @saresmoore @LeahBergen I love the ambiguity about what happened, as well as the hints that it was a true story. 1y
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It has been a tough week and, alone in my house for the first time in a month (?!), no books were striking my fancy. Then I remembered this gem, reviewed exceptionally by @Moray_Reads and given to me by the gorgeous @MicheleinPhilly and—bonus—it counts for my #readingenvyroadtrip! Now I have wine and a great book and a peaceful heart. What would my life be without Litsy?

Moray_Reads I hope you enjoy it. I was just about to start my finger tonight when I decided I needed wine. Had to go or and buy some some specially! 1y
AmyG Very good book. Enjoy your alone time! 1y
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LeahBergen I recently bought this one, too (and I‘m DVRing the TV series to watch at a later date 😄). 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen I keep thinking I want to see this depicted. The clothes and character descriptions, the setting, it‘s all vivid! I‘ll have to look up the show, too! 1y
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @LeahBergen I want to read this one and watch the series too. 1y
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen No pressure, but I‘m reading it now and would love company, if it strikes your fancy! 😊 1y
LeahBergen I may just take you up on that and start it tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to go out this evening and be sociable and civilized. 😆😆 1y
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @LeahBergen I can't resist—I'll start it too. 😊 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @saresmoore Yay for a buddy read! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen Do you have to wear uncomfortable shoes and make small talk?! Terrible! But yay for buddy read! @rubyslippersreads 1y
ReadingEnvy I hope alone time was the balm too! Yay roadtrip! 1y
TrishB Hope it‘s done the trick 💕 1y
batsy I'm looking forward to reading this and seeing what you think! Haven't watched the TV show but I love the 1975 movie by Peter Weir; a masterpiece of mood and atmosphere. 1y
Susannah I just read this for my book club last month, and I thought it was really good; wonderfully atmospheric. (I was surprised to learn that it‘s considered an Australian *children‘s* classic.) I need to re-watch the movie and the new series now. 1y
Suet624 @batsy. Peter Weir = gorgeous movies. I remember so many of the scenes. 1y
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It‘s been very hot and humid in south Texas this week but this evening, the humidity is gone and there‘s a nice breeze blowing. I should be in bed because I have to work tomorrow but instead I‘m hanging out in my hammock and reading, enjoying the sound of wind and crickets.

Kaye Sounds nice. If I stayed awake late enough to do that, I‘d hear the sound of Dragonfly. sized mosquitos and all the neighbor dogs barking. 1y
Aloisi_tribe @Kaye It only lasted for about twenty minutes because the mosquitos found me and then it started to rain. Maybe I‘ll try again tonight. 1y
Kaye Listening to Quiet. 1y
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Susannah Just read the book for my book club. Thanks for posting! 1y
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1. Hoping to finish the tagged book today since it‘s back to work tomorrow.
2. Attending my husband‘s last Memorial Day ceremony as active duty military. We‘re finally entering our season of lasts in the military. Then cookout this evening.
3. Grilled chicken and veggies

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Enjoy your day ❤️ 1y
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My illustrated edition of this Australian classic 😍❤️📚.

“Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year 1900, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important.”

#Oldcoolbooks #hardcovers #spinefreezer

LeahBergen Oh, that‘s a great edition! I recently bought a paperback copy to read. 1y
ladym30 Stunning edition!! 1y
Linsy I love dinner party mysteries. Sounds awesome! 1y
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Jeg @MrsMalaprop just saw this and said to Kathy look what S has got ,a beautiful edition, she said we have it too! 😊 seems she gave it to me in 1989! Inside there is writing and a card. So much for my memory. Now I‘m going to enjoy the book again. Thank you! 😍 1y
ReadZenRites Oh, a NF mystery from the turn of last Century! That‘s very cool. And old. 😁 1y
rubyslippersreads I want to read this and watch the series with Natalie Dormer. 1y
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#OldCoolBooks #Paperbacks
Some much loved, bruised and battered old paperbacks from my shelves.
❤️❤️❤️

Linsy Lovely! 💖 1y
CarolynM Fantastic! 1y
LeahBergen That‘s the very same Lady Chatterley‘s that I read in my teens, I think. ❤️ 1y
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KateFulfordAuthor Lovely old things there 1y
MrsMalaprop @LeahBergen Did you see my last post where the front cover is pictured? 1y
Herschelian All look so familiar, I see you have the Peacock edition of Walkabout. I collected all the Peacock books when they were first published. They were the YA books of those days - great reading. I wonder why Penguin/Puffin stopped publishing them. (edited) 1y
LeahBergen Ah, I just looked at your last post. I had a different cover. 😄 1y
ReadZenRites They look loved. Just as they should. 💕 1y
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I am curious about Australia. Excited that there is a giveaway that is inspiring me to learn more about Australian lit! But not sure what to pick. The tagged book or Eucalyptus? Congrats @MrsMalaprop and thanks for the #ozfictiongiveaway - I would love to know what your top three absolute must reads would be?

MrsMalaprop Thanks for your entry. My top 3 #ozfiction reads?? That‘s all but impossible 😱. Many would recommend Cloudstreet & I am a big Winton fan. Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman was a favorite for a long time. I really loved The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas but many people hate it! You know the saying, “No two people read the same book.” 😊 1y
Chrissyreadit @MrsMalaprop thank you for your response! I think Cloudstreet sounds just right to me. 1y
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"Reg Lumley, dank, pompous and half-baked, was a clerk in a Gippsland store, holding Views and Opinions on every subject under the sun from Female Education to the incompetence of the local Fire Brigade."

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In 1900 four girls on a school picnic wander up the treacherous Hanging Rock and only one returns. The simplicity of the event, couched in newspaper and interview "evidence" had all the power of the best urban legends and the fragmented story of trauma, anxiety and unfolding consequences is brilliantly tense and sinister ⬇️

Moray_Reads The characters remain as elusive as the answers, glimpsed but never revealed, shifting in the wind of the narrative. They are plagued by insecurity and a brittle, infectious edge of near-hysteria. There is a constant clash of different worlds rich and poor, old and young, Old World and New World, balanced perfectly on that uncertain knife-edge between the 19th and 20th centuries when the world was passed for change. Just brilliant. 1y
andrew61 It's so long since i saw the film but your great review has inspired me to find it. 1y
Moray_Reads @andrew61 I haven't seen the film but now I really want to. And apparently there's a new mini-series with Natalie Dormer too 1y
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andrew61 @Moray_Reads 👍 sounds good 1y
saresmoore Brilliant review! This sounds great. 1y
MrsMalaprop This is one of my favourites from childhood/adolescence. I grew up an hour from Hanging Rock and spent many a weekend exploring it. The movie is very good. I saw a play version a couple of years ago, which was also excellent. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooh I have this on my TBR. Will put it higher up the pile! 1y
batsy The Peter Weir film is one of my favourite things ever, and I've actually been afraid to read the book in case it spoils the movie for me! 😳 But now I'll definitely read it. 1y
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"On the Rock, darkness stored all day in its fetid holes and caves seeped out into the twilight and it was night."