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The Watcher in the Garden

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Kitty, a teenage girl with a violent temper, becomes friends with Mr. Lovett, an old blind man, when she seeks sanctuary from her family and everyday cares in his huge, wild garden. But while the garden gives her a sense of peace, strange forces are at work...
Unknown Binding, 203 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Atheneum Books
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Eleanor
A gift from beautiful Trinity :-)

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Maree Kimberley
Jun 21, 2013 Maree Kimberley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's almost 2 weeks since I finished reading this novel, and it is still lingering in my mind. It seems at first to be a quiet, unassuming novel but it has an undercurrent of disquiet that sticks with you.

The most striking thing about The Watcher in the Garden for me was the blend of contemporary YA with understated psychic forces that emerge so naturally out of the narrative so as to seem as realistic as the rest of the story's events. The story's heroine, Catherine, struggles with anger she s
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Brian Yatman
The garden that provides the backdrop for much of The Watcher in the Garden was apparently based on the Everglades, a genteel tourist attraction in the mountain town of Leura, outside Sydney. By co-incidence I visited these gardens several weeks before I picked up my copy of the book at a sale, and this fresh sense-memory added another layer to my reading.

Not that it's necessary to visit the Everglades - Phipson's prose is lushly evocative, and anyone who's found themeselves alone in the middle
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Emkoshka
I'm going overseas for a lengthy period later this year and the thing that's stressing me the most is leaving behind my own personal library and access to the many public lending libraries I frequent. But discovering Overdrive and the extensive free ebook collections of my two favourite libraries assuaged my fears. To get used to reading on the iPad, I picked a random book from the online catalogue last weekend: The Watcher in the Garden. I read Joan Phipson's The Cats when I was a teenager and ...more
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‘The Watcher in The Garden (1982) by Joan Phipson has been republished by Text Classics for a new generation of readers to appreciate this timeless tale of adolescent angst played out against the backdrop of its uniquely Australian background. The cover design and the wonderful introduction by Margo Lanagan set the mood for this remarkable tale.’
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Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1987).
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