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The Gathering
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Author Isobelle Carmody
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Puffin Books
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback) and audiobook (cassette)
Pages 266
ISBN 0-14-036059-X (hardcover)
OCLC 32150390
LC Class PZ7.C2176 Gat 1993

The Gathering is an allegorical Australian young adults' novel written by fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. The book was published by Puffin Books Australia in 1993, The Gathering has sold over 70 000 copies in Australia and New Zealand alone. The book was a joint recipient of the 1993 Children's Peace Literature Award and was also named Book of the Year in 1994 by the Children's Book Council of Australia. In 1994, the novel was also integrated into the literature curriculum for the junior years of Secondary Education in the Australian state of Victoria.

Awards and nominations

  • Joint winner – Children's Peace Literature Award: Best Book (1993)
  • Won – CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers (1994)
  • Shortlisted – NSW 3M Talking Book Award (1994)
  • Second place – Western Australia Young Readers Book Award (1994)
  • Shortlisted – Kids Own Australia Literature Award (1995)
  • Shortlisted – Young Australian Best Book Award (1994)

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

Plans to adapt The Gathering into screen began circulating as far back as 1997, when Sullivan Entertainment picked up the idea. In 2001, the Variety website posted an article stating that the film adaptation of The Gathering, to be titled "New Haven", was to be part of a three-film production plan for the then newly created film division of Sullivan Entertainment. Despite speculation and rumours amongst fans, no news has been reported since, and the project status is unknown.

Release details

  • 1993, Australia, Puffin Books Aust. , Pub date 1993, paperback (First edition)
  • 1994, Australia, Puffin Books Aust. , Pub date 15 April 1994, paperback
  • 1994, Australia, Dial Books for Young Readers , Pub date ? June 1994, hardback
  • 1999, USA, Bolinda Audio , Pub date 31 December 1999, audio cassette (narrated by Peter Hardy )
  • 2001, UK, Barn Owl Books , Pub date 1 April 2001, paperback

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