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Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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'What if you looked up at just the right moment and saw - out of the corner of your eye - something unexpected? What if it was something so marvellous, so extraordinary, that it transformed time and space forever? The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one extraordinary moment - a man falling from the sky, and surviving - and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the late 1700s, a bridgeworker in the 1930s, an expatriate banker returning home in the early 21st century: all three are transformed by one magical event. All are searching for the same thing: how to understand what it means to call a place home, and how be able to tell when you get there.

The Body in the Clouds is a luminous novel about the power of story: the stories that define who and where we are. And the stories we tell - and have told, and will tell - for the people we love.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Les and Marilyn Hay
  • Epigraph: ...In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
    Quite leisurely
    ...the sun shone
    As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
    Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
    Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
    Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
    -W.H. Auden, 'Musee des Beaux Arts'


    ...That they have some idea of a future state appears from their belief in spirits, and from saying that the bones of the dead are in the graves, but the body in the clouds: and the question has been asked, do the white men go tither?

    Governor Arthur Phillip to Lord Sydney, 13 February 1790

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
      Extent: 309p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: September 2010.
      ISBN: 9781742372426

Works about this Work

The Sydney Language : William Dawes in Australian Literature Belinda Castles , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Scholar , vol. 3 no. 2 2014;
'Familiar images of Sydney, displaying its sparkling harbour, opera house and bridge, belie the darkness of its short history. For Delia Falconer, in her recent ‘biography’ of Sydney, the city’s ‘fundamental temperament is melancholy’ (2). Over two hundred years of European settlement have brought countless tales of grim encounters in quiet alleys, graves found in the bush, bodies bobbing to the surface of rivers. And there is an older shock, hidden in the landscape, the sudden, calamitous arrival of an alien civilisation. ' (Author's introduction)
The Sydney Harbour Bridge : From Modernity to Post-Modernity in Australian Fiction Paul Genoni , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'This paper considers a recent spate of novels that deal in various ways with the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These include Peter Corris's Wet Graves; Alex Miller's Conditions of Faith; Vicki Hastrich's ; and Sarah Hay's The Body in the Clouds. It is argued that these novels, written so long after the bridge's completion, are each grappling with the transformation of this icon of Australian modernism into the significant component in the nation's foremost experience of postmodern urban space - Circular Quay.' (Author's abstract)
Painting with Your Pen Ashley Hay , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 201 2011; (p. 12)
Quills Celebrate Harbour Home Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 May 2011; (p. 3)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
Bridge Across the Years Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 September 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Untitled Mary Phillips , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 -5 September 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Parallax Don Anderson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 38)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Tall Tales, Truth and the Bridge Between Barry Oakley , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 September 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Books William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 11 September 2010; (p. 20)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Untitled Rick Sullivan , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 September 2010; (p. 28)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Spirit Stories Ceridwen Dovey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 September 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Easy Falling through Time and Space Jennifer Levasseur , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Untitled B. Owen Baxter , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 90 no. 2 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Hot off the Presses Geordie Williamson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 December 2010; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Five Bells Gail Jones 2011 single work novel ; The Best Australian Essays 2010 2010 anthology essay ; The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; The Philanthropist John Tesarsch 2010 single work novel ; The Best Australian Poems 2010 2010 anthology poetry ; The Best Australian Stories 2010 2010 anthology short story extract ; The Rest on the Flight : Selected Poems Peter Porter 2010 selected work poetry
Bridge Across the Years Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 September 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Untitled Mary Phillips , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 -5 September 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Parallax Don Anderson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 38)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Tall Tales, Truth and the Bridge Between Barry Oakley , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 September 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Books William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 11 September 2010; (p. 20)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Untitled Rick Sullivan , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 September 2010; (p. 28)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Spirit Stories Ceridwen Dovey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 September 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Easy Falling through Time and Space Jennifer Levasseur , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Untitled B. Owen Baxter , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 90 no. 2 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel
Hot off the Presses Geordie Williamson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 December 2010; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Five Bells Gail Jones 2011 single work novel ; The Best Australian Essays 2010 2010 anthology essay ; The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; The Philanthropist John Tesarsch 2010 single work novel ; The Best Australian Poems 2010 2010 anthology poetry ; The Best Australian Stories 2010 2010 anthology short story extract ; The Rest on the Flight : Selected Poems Peter Porter 2010 selected work poetry
Painting with Your Pen Ashley Hay , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 201 2011; (p. 12)
Quills Celebrate Harbour Home Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 May 2011; (p. 3)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
The Sydney Harbour Bridge : From Modernity to Post-Modernity in Australian Fiction Paul Genoni , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'This paper considers a recent spate of novels that deal in various ways with the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These include Peter Corris's Wet Graves; Alex Miller's Conditions of Faith; Vicki Hastrich's ; and Sarah Hay's The Body in the Clouds. It is argued that these novels, written so long after the bridge's completion, are each grappling with the transformation of this icon of Australian modernism into the significant component in the nation's foremost experience of postmodern urban space - Circular Quay.' (Author's abstract)
The Sydney Language : William Dawes in Australian Literature Belinda Castles , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Scholar , vol. 3 no. 2 2014;
'Familiar images of Sydney, displaying its sparkling harbour, opera house and bridge, belie the darkness of its short history. For Delia Falconer, in her recent ‘biography’ of Sydney, the city’s ‘fundamental temperament is melancholy’ (2). Over two hundred years of European settlement have brought countless tales of grim encounters in quiet alleys, graves found in the bush, bodies bobbing to the surface of rivers. And there is an older shock, hidden in the landscape, the sudden, calamitous arrival of an alien civilisation. ' (Author's introduction)
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