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Introduction by Fiona McGregor
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.