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Introduced by Peter Craven
Originally published in 1939, Happy Valley is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains.
Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, nearAdaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales, Happy Valley paints a portrait of a community ina desolate landscape. It is a jagged and restless study of small-town and country life.
White was twenty-seven when Happy Valley was published by George C. Harrop in London.This mesmerising first novel gives us a prolonged glimpse of literary genius in the making. It wonthe Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1941, but White did not allow the novel to berepublished in English in his lifetime. Its appearance now in the Text Classics series is a majorliterary event.
Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of White's work.


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