Published by the National Library of Australia. Fontainebleu, outside Paris, is almost as far from country Australia - spiritually and geographically - as a schoolgirl can get. But that is where Margaret Isabel White, known as Daisy, found herself for the final years of her education. This charming, spirited, at times sad and always intensely personal account of her teenage life on the other side of the world, has been thoughtfully annotated and by the editor, Serge Riviere, Professor of French at the University of Limerick in Ireland and visiting Professor at the University of Mauritius. Professor Riviere's earlier book for the National Library, A Woman of Courage (1996), was a translation of the journal of the remarkable Rose de Freycinet who accompanied her husband on a round-the-world journey of scientific discovery from 1817 to 1820. Daisy, a member of the large Australian grazing family that included the author Patrick White, died an untimely death in Sydney in 1903. Appropriately, exactly 100 years later, her descendant/another member of the family, Judith White of Belltrees, Scone has contributed a warm and gracious introduction to this annotated version of Daisy"s diary.
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