WHITE, Patrick. The Solid Mandala. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1966.
8vo., dark pink boards lettered in gilt to spine; unclipped dust jacket designed by Desmond Digby; pp. 316, [iv]; previous owner's bookplate to ffep and bookseller's sticker to paste-down; a trifle spotted to edges; jacket lightly toned to internal edges only; very good overall, with jacket retaining much of its vibrancy.
First UK edition.
White's seventh novel follows the lives of elderly twins Waldo and Arthur Brown, who have shared everything in life; from women to the ramshackle house which they still occupy. With a strong likeness to Steinbeck's East of Eden, White explores the relationship of these two brothers, as they form their own separate identities and understandings of the world through the relationship they share with each another.
The novel was heavily tipped to win the 1967 Miles Franklin Award, the third of White's novels to be nominated, until White personally intervened and withdrew it from consideration so that other writers might stand a chance of winning.