We are drawn into the struggle for control of a Melbourne private school, identifying with the heroine, headmistress Joan Montgomery, barracking for her supporters even in their missteps, willing the plotters to fail, hoping for right to defeat might while suspecting that in the end the numbers will tell a different story. […]
the book is much more than an account of the conflict between church and school and the consequences of essentially one man’s will to assert his power over others. The book depicts a struggle between noble ideals and self-interested ambition. […]
Author Kim Rubenstein and her biography subject Joan Montgomery work through the more than 400 page manuscript correcting factual and grammatical errors.
Favoured by the great majority of the three denominations, the union, however, left behind powerful remnants in the Presbyterian Church who wished to continue as before. What is more, they were determined to fight and take what they believed to be theirs. […]