Sharply observed, bitter and humorous, The Long Prospect is a story of life in an Australian industrial town.
Growing up neglected in a seedy boarding house, twelve-year-old Emily Lawrence befriends Max, a middle-aged scientist who encourages her to pursue her intellectual interests. Innocent Emily will face scandal, suburban snobbery and psychological torment.
Originally published in 1958, The Long Prospect was described as second only to Patrick White’s Voss in postwar Australian literature.
About the Author
Elizabeth Harrower was born in Sydney in 1928 but her family soon relocated to Newcastle where she lived until she was eleven. After leaving school she worked as a clerk and studied psychology.
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.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.
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th October 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1