My Father's Daughter: Memories of an Australian Childhood

My Father's Daughter: Memories of an Australian Childhood

by Sheila Fitzpatrick


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A personal memoir by the daughter of journalist and radical historian Brian Fitzpatrick, this meditation reveals a complex portrait of an Australian family against a Cold War backdrop. Told with piercing insight, this recollection chronicles Sheila's relationship with her father as it fades from girlhood adoration to adolescent skepticism, resulting in her fleeing Melbourne for Oxford to start a new life. Candid and moving, this narrative is a vivid evocation of an Australian childhood and a mature realization that one cannot fully escape one's roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522857474
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Dedication vi

Prologue 1

1 Speak, Memory 9

2 The Tree of Heaven 49

3 Huis Clos 87

4 The Great Escape 123

5 Now What? 160

6 Second Escape, This Time Unhappy 198

Afterword 232

Acknowledgements 255

Sources 257

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