Originally published in 1939, Happy Valley is set in a small country town in the Swy Mountains. Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales, Happy Valley paints a portrait of a community in a 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 vel gives us a prolonged glimpse of literary genius in the making. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1941, but White did t allow the vel to be republished in English in his lifetime. Its appearance w in the Text Classics series is a major literary event. Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of White's work.
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Winner of Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 1941.