Ursula Dubosarsky: The Golden Day

Thuy On
Published in May 2011 no. 331
Thuy On

Thuy On

Thuy On is a Melbourne-based reviewer, copywriter, and manuscript assessor. She has contributed freelance reviews to publications

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One foot in an unknowable realm

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The Golden Day
by Ursula Dubosarsky
Allen & Unwin, $19.99 pb, 152 pp, 9781742374710

 

In 1967, eleven schoolgirls and their teacher take a field trip to the public gardens in Sydney. There, Miss Renshaw and her young charges meet the teacher’s friend and possible paramour – a gardener and a poet. The charismatic Morgan takes them to a nearby wet, low-roofed cave, ostensibly to see some sacred Dreamtime paintings. The girls are both giddy and alarmed at this unauthorised excursion, but are warned of its secretive nature. After a brief exploration the girls retreat to the rocky shore, leaving Miss Renshaw and Morgan behind in the cave, never to be seen again.

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Published in May 2011 no. 331

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