In conversation with Nadia Wheatley


Beloved for her iconic children's books and biographies, Nadia Wheatley has won numerous awards. Nadia will be in conversation with Marion Halligan on her new book, Her Mother's Daughter, her most personal work yet. It is the deeply moving story about Nadia's brave and independent mother, Nina Watkin, who died when Nadia was nine years old. As a child in the 1950s, Nadia was caught in the crossfire between an independent woman and a controlling man. Was she her mother's daughter, or her father's creature?

From the highs of Nina's fulfilling and exciting life as an army nurse and aid worker to the despair of her lonely marriage and untimely death, Her Mother's Daughter is a multi-layered memoir that provides a portrait of a patriarchal marriage in the 1950s, a lively and fascinating social history of the times and an investigation into the bewildering processes of memory itself. Readers of Kate Grenville's One Life and Bloodhound by Ramona Koval will love this tender and enthralling memoir from one of Australia's most versatile authors.

Her Mother's Daughter is "not only a beautiful rendering of an 'ordinary' life, it is also a significant social history of war-time Europe and post-war Australia".  Mandy Sayer. The Australian.  

Nadia Wheatley's work includes picture books, novels, biography and history. In 2014 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Sydney, in recognition of "her exceptional creative achievements in the field of children's and adult literature, her work as an historian and her contribution to our understanding of Indigenous issues, cultural diversity, equity and social justice and the environment through story".

Nadia 's acclaimed biography, The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift, was the Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2001, and is the only biography to have won the NSW Premier's History Awards Australian History Prize.

Marion Halligan AM, has published some twenty books, which have won the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year (three times), the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing.

The vote of thanks will be given by Gia Metherell, the former Literary Editor of the Canberra Times.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.


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