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The Watch Tower

by Elizabeth Harrower

Breaking their poses like trees snapping branches, the women urgently regarded each other, cleared away all signs of work in an instant, examined their souls for defects, in a sense crossed themselves, and waited.

After Laura and Clare are abandoned by their mother, Felix is there to help, even to marry Laura if she will have him. Little by little the two sisters grow complicit with his obsessions, his cruelty, his need to control.

Set in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney during the 1940s, The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power.


01 January, 1966

About Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower was born in Sydney. Her first novel Down in the City was published in 1957, followed by The Long Prospect a year later. She published The Catherine Wheel in 1960, and The Watch Tower in 1966. One of the most important Australian writers of the postwar period, her work is austere, intelligent and ruthless in its perceptions of men and women.

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