Rediscover the dark magic of Barbara Hanrahan’s visionary gothic novel. Nothing is as it seems in this twisted fairytale of moral ambiguity and corrupted innocence. Just as the tropical beauty of The Frangipani Gardens conceals its inherent menace, watercolor painter Doll lives a prim, respectable existence belying her wildest fantasies. But when her young niece and nephew come to stay, Doll’s true self threatens to be exposed. Barbara Hanrahan was a prolific Australian author, publishing fifteen books in under two decades. The Frangipani Gardens, first released in 1980, was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year, her second shortlisting for the award in as many years.
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Born in Adelaide in 1939, Barbara Hanrahan was a celebrated artist, printmaker and writer. Her first book, a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood, The Scent of Eucalyptus, was published in 1973 to rave reviews. It was followed by another twelve novels and two short-story collections. Her last book, Good Night, Mr Moon, was published in 1992, the year after her death from cancer. The Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship for South Australian writers was established by her partner, Jo Steele, to honor her memory and contribution to Australian literature.Review:
PRAISE FOR THE FRANGIPANI GARDENS 'Hanrahan's most powerful novel.' Australian Literary Studies 'A totally absorbing, transporting novel of sheer literary delight.' Adelaide Advertiser 'Hanrahan is a masterly raconteur, handling her bizarre characters and intricate plots with ease and verve.' Australian Book Review 'In The Frangipani Gardens, evil has the upper hand, which is what makes the book so entertaining.' Barbara Jefferis PRAISE FOR BARBARA HANRAHAN 'Barbara Hanrahan has a wonderful capacity for taking us inside her characters, peeling away layers of memory and recollection.' Sun Herald 'One of Australia's most stylish, original and sensitive writers.' Adelaide Advertiser 'Hanrahan conveys the texture of daily life sensitively and with poetic imagery.' Sun Herald
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Book Description University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1980. hardbound. 1st Edition Barbara Hanrahan novel; dustwrapper designed by Horsley Dawson using the print 'Daydream' by the author, and also including b&w text drawings by the author; this copy with some toning to text block and edges of pages, o.w. Very Good throughout; very small foxed spots top edge of dustwrapper, o.w. Very Good. Dustwrapper. 224pp. 8vo. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 14030
Book Description University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, 1980. Hardback. 1st Edition. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Near Fine copy in Near Fine dustjacket. DJ now protected in plastic sleeve. An excellent, like new, copy. 224 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 248381
Book Description University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 224p. Original blue boards, gilt lettering on spine, black and white decorations by the author. First printing with both the book and dustjacket (featuring the author's print 'Daydream') in superb condition. The novel is set in Adelaide in South Australia during the 1920s. Bookseller Inventory # 11061