The Burnt Ones
Eleven stories to which Patrick White brings his immense understanding of the urges which lie just beneath the facade of ordinary human relationships, especially those between men and women. A girl beset by her mother's influence, who marries her father's friend. . . A young man strangely moved into marriage with a girl like the mother who never understood him. . . A pretty market researcher who learns the ultimate details of love with a difference. . . The collector of bird-calls who unwittingly records the call of a very human nature.
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Patrick White has been hailed as one of the most important English language novelists of the 20th century and today would have marked his 100th birthday. Born on this day in England in 1912 he was then taken to Australia where his father owned a sheep farm. Patrick White was educated in England at Cheltenham College and King's College in Cambridge before settling...
"Intensely original, dsturbing." - Sunday Telegraph
"To read Patrick White...is to touch a source of power, to move through areas made new and fresh, to see men and women with a sharpened gaze." - Daily Telegraph
"Patrick White's first collection of short stories confirms his strength as a creative artist." - The Times