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yThe Secret of Hanging Rock : Joan Lindsay's Final ChapterJoan Lindsay,
North Ryde:Angus and Robertson,1987Z286841987selected work extract criticism essay historical fiction mystery The final chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock was removed at the request of the first publishers of the book. The missing chapter reveals what actually happened to the schoolgirls who vanished from the Rock after a St Valentine's Day picnic in 1900.North Ryde:Angus and Robertson,1987
'It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned. ...'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin Random House, 2014).