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Loving Daughters
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A brilliant, unsentimental portrait of two sisters – one artistic and restless, the other houseproud, her father’s favourite.

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Overview

With this, her first novel, Olga Masters was immediately hailed for her powerful and original fiction. Loving Daughters is a brilliant, unsentimental portrait of two sisters – one artistic and restless, the other houseproud, her father’s favourite. The entry of an eligible young man into their lives creates a disturbing triangle of desire and rivalry.

Loving Daughters was highly commended for the National Book Council Award (then Australia’s key literary award) and was also published in the US by Norton and in France by Rivages.

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Olga Masters

Olga Masters

Olga Masters was born in Pambula in New South Wales. Her first job, at seventeen, was with a local country newspaper where the editor encouraged her writing. She married at twenty-one and, with seven children and part-time journalism work, had little opportunity to develop her interest in writing fiction until she was in her fifties. In the 1970s she wrote a successful radio play and a stage play, and between 1977 and 1981 won prizes for her short stories. The Home Girls, her first book, won a National Book Council Award in 1983 and her first novel, Loving Daughters was highly commended for the same award. Her third and fourth books, A Long Time Dying and Amy’s Children, also received critical acclaim. At the time of her death in 1986, she was working on a new collection of stories, which was published posthumously as The Rose Fancier. A collection of Olga Masters’ journalism, Reporting Home, edited by Deidre Coleman was published in 1990, and a critically acclaimed biography by Julie Lewis in 1991.