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This is an auction for THE TRANSIT OF VENUS by Shirley Hazzard.

'Shirley Hazzard is for me the greatest living writer on goodness and love ... THE TRANSIT OF VENUS was described to me as "the greatest novel written in the past 100 years". Having read it, I can see his point."
- Bryan Appleyard

"A wonderfully mysterious book ... Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich."
- Anne Tyler

"A dose of the sublime .. I read it with an almost indescribable pleasure. There were sentences that brought tears to my eyes."
- New York Times Book Review review:

“The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard traveled the world during her early years, a result of her parents' diplomatic postings. In 1947, at the age of 16, she was engaged by British intelligence to monitor the civil war in China. She has written several novels, including The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981).

Paperback 1998.

337 pages.

Some wear to the cover. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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