Elizabeth Harrower’s long-lost final novel—completed in 1971 but never published—has just been released, and the response has been ecstatic.
‘In Certain Circles is subtle yet wounding, and very much alive,’ says Jessica Au in the Guardian. ‘It is a graceful reply to the questions of what really shapes us, and what might actually constitute a wasted life.’
‘At the very heart of Harrower’s oeuvre is a Dostoyevskyan existentialism: a fascination with the limits of the self and what pours in to fill the void when that is lacking,’ says Delia Falconer in the Australian. ‘How wonderful it is to have another dose of that unsettling, strangely emphatic novelistic voice.’
Elizabeth Harrower is ‘an Australian novelist of extraordinary talent,’ says Readings.
In Certain Circles is ‘a splendid novel’, says Lisa Hill at ANZ Lit Lovers. ‘Like Patrick White, Harrower skewers her characters with unforgettable ironies.’
Read Helen Trinca’s interview with Harrower in the Australian.