My Father's Daughter
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.
- Electronic book text
- 12 Sep 2014
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
About Sheila Fitzpatrick
Sheila Fitzpatrick is Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago and an annual Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. Her recent publications include Political Tourists: Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s (edited with Carolyn Rasmussen), Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics (edited with Stuart Macintyre), and Tear Off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia.