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Her Father's Daughter
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Love, loss, loyalty betrayal. From the award-winning author John Clanchy comes a collection of five new tales that explore the fascinating - and often fraught - relations between fathers and daughters. It is a wise father, the adage tells us, that knows his own child. But equally, as the stories in Her Father’s Daughter reveal with great power and insight, it is a wise child that knows her own father.

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Love, loss, loyalty, betrayal.

From the award-winning author John Clanchy comes a collection of five new tales that explore the fascinating - and often fraught - relations between fathers and daughters. It is a wise father, the adage tells us, that knows his own child. But equally, as the stories in Her Father’s Daughter reveal with great power and insight, it is a wise child that knows her own father.

An honest man, confronting the unpalatable facts of his step-daughter’s life, decides he must barter truth for lies to protect the woman he loves. A teenage girl goes in search of the father she hasn’t seen since early childhood, only to discover a man startlingly different from the one she’s imagined. An older man on the cusp of extinction finds that the one person he needs most is the daughter he’s never valued.

Love and loss may drive the stories in Her Father’s Daughter, but it is longing – a matchless yearning – which completes them.

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John Clanchy

John Clanchy

John Clanchy was born in Melbourne in 1943, but has lived in Canberra, working as a counsellor and academic at the Australian National University, since 1975. He was for some years head of an academic advisory centre for students at the Australian National University and foundation director of the Graduate Teaching Program in the university's Graduate School. John has published nine volumes of fiction (five novels and three collections), as well as many uncollected short stories in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. His stories have won many awards, in Australia, Europe, the US and New Zealand. His novel The Hard Word won the 2003 ACT book of the Year in 2003, and his collection of stories Vincenzo's Garden won both the same prize in 2006 and the Steele Rudd Award the year before. In addition to literary fiction, John has co-authored two detective thrillers with Mark Henshaw If God Sleeps and And Hope to Die, both now appearing in French and German. His most recent collection Her Father's Daughter, five long stories dealing with the complex and often fraught relations between fathers and daughters, was released in August 2008.