Influential feminist writer and intellectual Germaine Greer tracks the life of her father, an Australian intelligence officer during World War II, who died in her childhood. A secretive man, Reg Greer took pains to hide his working-class roots. As she painstakingly assembles the jigsaw pieces of his life, Germaine discovers surprising secrets about her father, her family, and herself.
Obsessed with family history, Greer is chasing not just her father's life story, but the parental love she always felt deprived of. Brimming with emotion, loss, regret, fury, and the intense depth of love, this book offers a moving climax--as well as sharp observations about Australian culture during the war.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Germaine Greer is a major Australian feminist writer, academic, and journalist. She is the author of The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist work that became an international bestseller in 1970. Her other books include Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility; The Whole Woman; The Change: Women, Ageing and Menopause; and Shakespeare's Wife.
Born in Melbourne in 1939, Greer attended the University of Melbourne and later became involved with the Sydney Push intellectual subculture and the anarchist movement. Later, she became a professor at the University of Sydney and then the University of Warwick and later the University of Tulsa, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She was the founding editor of the academic journal Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. She has appeared as a commentator on television programs including William F. Buckley's Firing Line as well as programming on the RTE, the BBC, and ABC television.