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A Mother's Disgrace
Written by:
Robert Dessaix 
Read by:
Robert Dessaix 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
2 hours 25 minutes 
October 01 2022 
Available Date:
October 01 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Historical; Memoirs 
ABC Audio 
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NZD$ 24.95
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Award winning author
Australian author

Shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award 1994
Winner Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 2022

A reissue of the intimate and moving account of the search for origins and identity by respected author, broadcaster, essayist and translator Robert Dessaix.

Adopted as a baby towards the end of World War II, Robert Dessaix grew up haunted by 'a shaft of silence' surrounding the question of his natural mother's identity, and of his identity and sexuality. In this touching memoir, he recounts the story of a most unusual childhood on Sydney's North Shore, of his fascination with Russia and his years spent studying in Cold War Moscow, and of his restless wanderings around the world. A Mother's Disgrace was shortlisted for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Medal and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and highly commended for the FAW Christina Stead Award, The Age book of the Year and the National Book Council CUB Banjo Award. In 1999 it was translated into French and published by Editions du Reflet in France.

‘One of the most intelligently moving autobiographical narratives I have ever read. A book that is fascinating, engrossing … And a book that invites challenge.’
The Age

‘A journey of identity by a virtuoso in language and master of narrative control … a brave, moving, funny, enthralling book.’
The Canberra Times