The Women’s Pages

The Women’s Pages details two sources of attachment and constraint: maternal and literary. It is a limpid depiction of the relationship between mother and child, seen through an intense preoccupation with literature, and an observant charting of the day-to-day experiences of individual women.

Hope Farm

Hope Farm concerns thirteen-year-old Silver, who has spent her life being moved from ashram to ashram and commune to commune by her mother Ishtar. In spite of its darkness, it is written in prose infused with love and wonder for the world.

The World Without Us

Set on the north coast of NSW in the aftermath of a young girl’s death from cancer, The World Without Us traces the varying effects of grief on the remaining members of her family while emphasising the wider world in which those lives are embedded: a world in which ecological breakdown operates both as metaphor and disturbing fact.

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories

Elizabeth Harrower’s short fiction, gathered for the first time in A Few Days in the Country, is as vibrant today as when it was first published some decades ago. It gathers together a constellation of stories from a variety of sources, and exhibits the unerring skill of one of Australia’s most significant writers.

Six Bedrooms

The ten stories in this collection take the reader through the six bedrooms of teenagers. They are thoughtful, full of understanding about situations and motivations, and almost painfully believable.

The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things is a novel of – and for – our times, explosive yet written with artful, incisive coolness. It parodies, with steely seriousness, the state of being visible and female in contemporary Western society.”

– 2016 Stella Prize Judges