‘The Night The Prowler’ by Patrick White

I must have read this novella when I was in high school, when my father gave me a then-out-of-print copy of The CockatoosThe Cockatoos was the first book White published after he won the Nobel Prize in 1973, and ‘The Night The Prowler’ is its crowning triumph. I have returned and re-read it once a year ever since. It is a story that starts from one character’s perspective – the mother’s – and then shifts halfway through to the daughter’s, who is the story’s heart. It is a story about unruly girls, and one of the best depictions I have ever read concerning the life of the body. 

From The Cockatoos, 1974, Jonathan Cape