In Certain Circles

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01'you Only Think Of Orphans In Fairytales'20150216

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have been very different from those of the Howards. But despite this, these four will spend the rest of their lives moving in and out of each other's shadows.

Today: over a tennis match, the two orphans, Anna and Stephen, are welcomed into the rarified world of the Howard family.

'Harrower evokes the waste and futility of a decadent class with all the bite and poignancy of F Scott Fitzgerald,' Eimear McBride, New Statesman

Author: Elizabeth Harrower is regarded as one of Australia's most important postwar writers, and is enjoying a recent literary revival. Born in Sydney in 1928, her first novel, Down in the City, was published in 1957 and was followed by The Long Prospect (1958) and The Catherine Wheel (1960). Her most well-known work, The Watch Tower, was published in 1966 to huge acclaim. Four years later she finished In Certain Circles , but withdrew it before publication for reasons she has never publicly spoken of. The manuscript was rediscovered recently by her publisher who felt it should be published immediately. Harrower has since received rave reviews, including comparisons with Emile Zola and F Scott Fitzgerald.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

02'just Don't Develop A Social Conscience Now'20150217

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have been very different from those of the Howards. The impact of this meeting will resonate for decades.

Today: Zoe struggles with her emotions when she discovers that Stephen is leaving.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

03'this Is Not My Life'20150218

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have differed from those of the Howards in almost every way.

Today: Anna strikes out on her own, and finds a new life.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower is regarded as one of Australia's most important postwar writers. Born in Sydney in 1928, her first novel, Down in the City, was published in 1957 and was followed by The Long Prospect (1958) and The Catherine Wheel (1960). Her most well-known work, The Watch Tower, was published in 1966 to huge acclaim. Four years later she finished In Certain Circles , but withdrew it before publication for reasons she has never publicly spoken of.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

04'he's Not Easy'20150219

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. the impact of this meeting will resonate for decades.

Today: after the death of her beloved mother, Zoe makes an unexpected choice.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

05'i'm Marvellously Happy'20150220

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: the unlikely marriage between Zoe and Stephen continues to raise eyebrows.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

06'It was enough that he existed'20150223

06'It was enough that he existed'20150223

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: the bleakness of unrequited and of married love.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

06'It was enough that he existed'20150223

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: the bleakness of unrequited and of married love.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett.

07'No-one knows me'20150224

07'No-one knows me'20150224

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: while Anna remains defiantly single, Zoe regrets her own defiance in marrying Stephen.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.

07'No-one knows me'20150224

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: while Anna remains defiantly single, Zoe regrets her own defiance in marrying Stephen.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.

08'it Harmed Him'20150225

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: Zoe realises that not everyone can bear to be loved.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.

09'something's Happened To Anna'20150226

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: the devastating fallout from the arrival of an unexpected letter.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.

10'You must solve yourself'20150227

10'You must solve yourself'20150227

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: endings and new beginnings, as Anna and Zoe realise what love is.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.

10'You must solve yourself'20150227

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and is published for the first time now.

This tale of love, class and freedom, set set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after WWII, follows the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard. Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It is a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Today: endings and new beginnings, as Anna and Zoe realise what love is.

Author: Elizabeth Harrower

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion.