Zoe Howard is seventeen when her brother, Russell, introduces her to Stephen Qualye. Aloof and harsh, Stephen is unlike anyone she has ever met, 'a weird, irascible character out of some dense Russian novel'. His sister, Anna, is shy and thoughtful, 'a little orphan'.
Zoe and Russell, Stephen and Anna: they may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other's shadow.
Set amid the lush gardens and grand stone houses that line the north side of Sydney Harbour, In Certain Circles is an intense psychological drama about family and love, tyranny and freedom.
Completed in 1971, five years after Elizabeth Harrower's The Watch Tower appeared to great acclaim, and published for the first time in 2014, this long-lost novel is the work of a major writer.