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The Watcher in the Garden

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Unknown Binding, 203 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Atheneum Books
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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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Maree Kimberley
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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Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1987).
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