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My Father's Daughter

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How does a daughter tell the story of her father? Sheila Fitzpatrick was taught from an early age to question authority. She learnt it from her father, the journalist and radical historian Brian Fitzpatrick. But very soon, she began to turn her questioning gaze on him. Teasing apart the many layers of memory, Fitzpatrick reveals a complex portrait of an Australian family against a Cold War backdrop. As her relationship with her father fades from girlhood adoration to adolescent scepticism, she flees Melbourne for Oxford to start a new life. But it's not so easy to escape being her father's daughter. My Father's Daughter is a vivid evocation of an Australian childhood; a personal memoir told with the piercing insight of a historian.
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Sheila Fitzpatrick is a distinguished service professor in modern Russian history at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics, Political Tourists: Travelers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s, and Tear Off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia. She lives in Chicago.


"A gem of a memoir. Its intelligence and candor shed brilliant light on a country and a climate of opinion." --Don Watson, author, "American Journeys" "Memoirs have long been the vehicle of choice for reputation demolition, but rarely has the wrecking ball swung with such a blend of honesty and adoration than in Fitzpatrick's work." --"Sydney Morning Herald" "An interesting retrospective on the events, relationships and emotions of childhood and simply an engaging story." --"Australian Bookseller & Publisher" "This thoughtful and thought provoking memoir about the author's fraught relationship with her radical father is a whispered contemplation of an unusual childhood." --"Courier Mail" "One of the most unsparing, intelligent and engaging autobiographical voices I have encountered . . . A pleasure to read." --"Bendigo Advertiser"

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