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Unpublished Patrick White novel 'will see light of day'

1st March 2011

An unpublished novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White is to be published next year, the author's literary executor, Barbara Mobbs, has confirmed.

The Hanging Garden was among a collection of papers that the Voss author had requested be destroyed following his death in 1990, but Ms Mobbs held onto the work for over 20 years without granting White's wishes.

Last year, she commissioned academics at Sydney University to transcribe The Hanging Garden and, after reading the finished typescript, decided the novel should be published.

'I have no doubt it deserves to see the light of day. It's pretty simple. I wouldn't let it go otherwise,' Ms Mobbs commented.

White, who was born in Britain but raised in Australia, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, the same year he was named Australian of the Year, but generally shunned the limelight.

The prize money he received from the Swedish Academy was used to found the Patrick White Award, an annual prize given to an established creative writer who has received limited pubic recognition.

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