Kim Rubenstein tells the gripping story of a revered Principal—acclaimed nationwide as the leading girls’ school educator of her day—being assailed by a determined Presbyterian Church minority hellbent on removing her from office and returning PLC to “bible-centred” teaching.
Writing deftly and intimately about the visionary educator Joan Montgomery, Rubenstein expands her canvas to ask the big questions: how does a woman sustain the courage for leadership, integrity and generosity? Anna Funder | author
A dramatic blow-by-blow account of how proponents of bible-focused teaching overthrew a major Australian school’s distinguished Principal who wanted to educate girls for the modern world. Dr Jim Mitchell | author of the Scotch College, Melbourne sesquicentenary history
A remarkable book combining a meaningful picture of Joan with a history of the bruising battle to preserve her Principalship and the
values she embodied. The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC | 28th Governor of Victoria
Steely-eyed, deeply researched and lovingly crafted, this portrait of the life and leadership of Joan Montgomery is a gem. Clare Wright OAM | Professor of History, La Trobe University