Synopses & Reviews
Neglected twelve-year-old Emily befriends Max, a middle-aged scientist who encourages her to pursue her intellectual interests. But this innocent friendship will expose both to scandal, suburban snobbery, and psychological torment.
Sharply observed, bitter and humorous, this is a powerful novel about a loved-starved childand about trial by mob.
A powerful novel about a loved-starved child and her friendship with a much older manand about trial by mob.
About the Author
was born in Sydney in 1928 but her family soon relocated to Newcastle where she lived until she was eleven.
In 1951 Harrower moved to London. She travelled extensively and she began to write fiction. Her first novel Down in the City was published in 1957, and was followed by The Long Prospect a year later. In 1959 she returned to Sydney where she began working for the ABC and as a book reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald. In 1960 she published The Catherine Wheel, the story of an Australian law student in London, her only novel not set in Sydney. The Watch Tower appeared in 1966. Between 1961 and 1967 she worked in publishing, for Macmillan.
No further novels were published though Harrower continued to write short fiction. Her work is austere, intelligent, ruthless in its perceptions about men and women. She was admired by many of her contemporaries, including Patrick White and Christina Stead, and is without doubt among the most important writers of the postwar period in Australia.
Elizabeth Harrower lives in Sydney.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney author and performance artist. She writes novels, essays, short stories and critiques, he has published five books. Her latest is Indelible Ink.