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The Transit Of Venus

By Shirley Hazzard

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

Reissue of this highly acclaimed Virago title, a 'finely written, beautiful and tragic novel' - Hermione Lee, FT

Caro, gallant and adventurous, is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post-war England to seek their fortunes. Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist, Ted Tice, she is to find that love brings passion, sorrow, betrayal and finally hope. The milder Grace seeks fulfilment in an apparently happy marriage. But as the decades pass and the characters weave in and out of each other's lives, love, death and two slow-burning secrets wait in ambush for them.

Biographical Notes

Shirley Hazzard was born in Sydney in 1931. She has worked in Hong Kong, then New Zealand in the High Commissioner's Office. In 1951 she moved to New York where she worked for the United Nations. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy Award and the O. Henry Short Story Award.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781860491818
  • Publication date: 05 Oct 1995
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Virago
'Shirley Hazzard. For me the greatest living writer on goodness and love . . . THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, was described to me by a man who knows as "the greatest novel written in the past 100 years". Having read it, I can see his point. Shirley Hazzard, the quiet, playful, lovestruck artist of love, goodness and death in the 20th century. — 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 of gratification to my eyes — NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
An almost perfect novel ... Miss Hazard writes as well as Stendhal — NEW YORK TIMES
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