The Catherine Wheel
by Elizabeth Harrower
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Pub Date 14 Jul 2015 | Archive Date 23 Jun 2015
Text Publishing, Text Classics
Elizabeth Harrower’s work has been praised as:
‘Witty, desolate, truth-seeking, and complexly polished.’—New Yorker, on In Certain Circles
‘A stark, uncompromising drama of marital imprisonment and psychological manipulation.’—Wall St Journal, on The Watch Tower
‘Evokes the waste and futility of a decadent class with all the bite and poignancy of F Scott Fitzgerald.’—Eimear McBride, on In Certain Circles
Twenty-five-year-old Clemency James has moved from Sydney to a chilly bedsit on the other side of the world. During the day she studies for the bar by correspondence; in the evenings she gives French lessons to earn a meagre wage. When she meets Christian, a charismatic would-be actor, she can see he’s trouble—not least because he’s involved with an older woman who has children. She is drawn to him nonetheless: drawn into his world of unpayable debts and wild promises.Harrower turns her unflinching gaze on the grim realities of 1950s London, and the madness that can infect couples.
First published in 1960, The Catherine Wheel is Elizabeth Harrower’s third novel and the only one of her books not set in Australia. It has never before been available in the United States.
‘I love The Watch Tower, but I love The Catherine Wheel more. Like all the Harrower books, with their psychological mysteries, their droll humor, their brilliant language and ear for voices, The Catherine Wheel takes your hand from the first page and beckons you in.’—Ramona Koval
‘A brilliant achievement.’—Washington Post on The Watch Tower
‘First published in 1966, this book has traces of Patrick White mixed with the darkness of the brothers Grimm. It is a great novel due a rediscovery in the way that Stoner was championed by John McGahern.’—Irish Times on The Watch Tower
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