In Certain Circles

Author(s): Elizabeth Harrower

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Zoe Howard is 17 when her brother, Russell, introduces her to Stephen Quayle. Aloof and harsh, Stephen is unlike anyone she has ever met, 'a weird, irascible character out of some dense Russian novel'. His sister, Anna, is shy and thoughtful, 'a little orphan'. They may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other's shadow. Set amid the lush gardens and grand stone houses that line the north side of Sydney Harbour, this is an intensen psychological thriller about family and love, tyranny and freedom.


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* Major print interview on publication * National television interview to be confirmed * Review coverage on Radio National's Books & Arts Daily and Radio New Zealand * Review coverage in all major newspapers and literary journals across Australia and New Zealand * Wide review coverage across women's magazines and other glossies, such as Australian Women's Weekly, Next, Metro, Vogue and the Listener * Widespread review coverage online * Large-scale consumer marketing campaign, including broad print and online advertising * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Extensive online advertising campaign on Fairfax publications and Guardian Australia * Significant budget for bookseller catalogues, including Mother's Day catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Major social media campaign including dedicated Twitter and Facebook competitions * Ideal bookclub title: reading group notes available on publication at

Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award 2015. Long-listed for Kibble Literary Award 2015 and Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.

'Harrower can pierce your heart.' Michael Dirda, Washington Post 'A scandalously overlooked writer.' Michelle de Kretser 'Utterly hypnotic.' Eimear McBride, Irish Times 'She is brilliant on power, isolation and class.' Ramona Koval, Australian

Elizabeth Harrower was born in Sydney in 1928. She lived in Newcastle until her family moved back to Sydney when she was eleven. In 1951 Harrower travelled to London and began to write. Her first novel, Down in the City, was published there in 1957 and was followed by The Long Prospect a year later. In 1959 she returned to Sydney, where she worked in radio and then in publishing. Her third novel, The Catherine Wheel, appeared in 1960. Harrower published The Watch Tower in 1966. Four years later she finished a new novel, In Certain Circles, but withdrew it from publication at the last moment, in 1971. It remained unpublished until 2014. In Certain Circles is Harrower's final completed novel, though in the 1970s and 1980s she continued to write short fiction. She is one of Australia's most important postwar writers. She was admired by many of her contemporaries, including Patrick White and Christina Stead, who both became lifelong friends. Her novels are now being acclaimed by a new generation of readers. Harrower lives in Sydney.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182296
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : March 2014
  • : 221mm X 142mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : Elizabeth Harrower
  • : Hardback
  • : 823.914