Hazzard and Harrower by Brigitta Olubas

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Shirley Hazzard and Elizabeth Harrower met in person for the first time in London in 1972, six years after they began a correspondence that would span four decades. They exchanged letters, cards and telegrams and made occasional phone calls between Harrower’s home in Sydney and Hazzard’s apartments in New York, Naples and Capri. The two women wrote to each other of their daily lives, of impediments to writing, their reading, politics and, in Hazzard’s case, her travels. And they wrote about Hazzard’s mother, for whose care Elizabeth took increasing – and increasingly reluctant – responsibility from the early 1970s (precisely the period when she herself virtually stopped writing).

Edited by Brigitta Olubas, Hazzard’s official biographer, and Susan Wyndham, who interviewed both Hazzard and Harrower, this is an extraordinary account of two literary luminaries, their complex relationship and their times.

‘Two brilliant women at the heart of Australian literary culture in the post-war decades allow us to breathe their thoughts and their world.’ – Geordie Williamson, The Australian


01 May 2024

Additional information


Paperback / softback


Diaries, letters & journals

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)




Susan Wyndham

Publication Date

01 May 2024

Hazzard and Harrower: The letters by Brigitta Olubas ISBN 9781742238180

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