Emily Lawrence is only four years old when the unhappy marriage of her parents breaks up. She grows up under the careless guardianship in her grandmother's seedy boarding house in the depressing industrial town of Ballowra... a loose, decadent and sterile atmosphere where people commit themselves only to a superficial, slavish, conformity. ANd so Emily befriends Max - a middle-aged scientist who is convinced that she can find her goal in intellectual pursuits, that she has a "long prospect".
But others decide to be scandalised... and Emily is assailed by all the forces of suburban snobbery and philistinism that prevail around her.
Hailed by Christina Stead and many critics as Elizabeth Harrower's masterpiece, The Long Prospect is breathtaking for its delicate and precise observation of emotional detail.
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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 ranking second only to Patrick White's Voss in postwar Australian literature.… (more)