The Bay of Noon

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First US edition (publ. Little Brown)

The Bay of Noon is a 1970 novel by the Australian author Shirley Hazzard. It was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010.[1]


A young Englishwoman, Jenny, is working in Naples some years after World War II. Alone in the ruined city, she follows up a letter of introduction from an acquaintance, through which she meets Gioconda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and her lover Gianni, a noted Roman film director. Meanwhile at work she meets Justin, a Scotsman whose inscrutability Jenny finds mysteriously attractive. As Jenny becomes increasingly drawn into the lives of the three, she discovers that the past is not easily forgotten.


  1. ^ Hoyle, Ben (26 March 2010). "Author waits to hear if she has won 'lost Booker' prize 40 years on". The Times. Retrieved 7 April 2010.