Beyond the Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and Mystery of Picnic at Hanging Rock 

Author(s): Janelle McCulloch

Illustrated Non-Fiction

In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay sat down and wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies' college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900. The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century. Beyond the Rock looks at not just the myth of Picnic and how it has become part of Australia's culture, but also the story behind it. It examines Joan Lindsay's enigmatic life, much of which she kept secret from the world, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life, and her life at Mulberry Hill, the Lindsays' own Arcadia deep in the Victorian countryside. This is the story of one of Australia's most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.


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Janelle McCulloch has worked as a journalist, travel writer, and book editor in London and Europe, a magazine editor on several design and lifestyle titles in Australia, a columnist for a Melbourne magazine, a regular freelance writer for publications such as Vogue Living magazine and Sunday Life in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, and a senior editor for an international book publisher.

She is the author of 20 books, including 15 successful books about Paris, New York, architecture, gardens, style, and design.

Her work has been featured or profiled in US Vogue, Australian VogueElleVeranda magazine, ABC radio, Qantas magazine, the Financial Review newspaper, The Australian newspaper (front page), Gourmet Traveller magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the Herald Sun newspaper, and many other sites. 

General Fields

  • : 9781760405625
  • : Bonnier Zaffre
  • : Bear Grylls Publishing
  • : February 2017
  • : 26.00 cmmm
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Janelle McCulloch
  • : 320
  • : English
  • : 417
  • : Hardback