The Twyborn Affair

WHITE, Patrick. The Twyborn Affair.

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WHITE, Patrick. The Twyborn Affair. London: Jonathan Cape, 1979.

8vo., brown cloth lettered in gilt to spine; vibrant unclipped dust jacket with drawing by Luciana Arrighi; pp. 432; a near-fine copy, upper edge darkened andd one small spot to outer edges; jacket with some very light rubbing to edges. Near-fine overall.
First edition.
The Twyborn Affair is split between three separate locations: a villa on the French Riviera before the outbreak of WW1; a sheep station on the edge of Australia's Snowy Mountains during the inter-war period; and in London in the lead-up to WWII. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but was removed from the list at the author's insistence. This reflects White's refusal, later in life, to accept any literary awards. One exception was made - for the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature - but for this he sent Sidney Nolan, an artist who had designed many of his dust jackets, to Sweden to accept the award on his behalf.