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A Führer for a Father, Davidson,  Jim
A Führer for a Father
Jim Davidson

Paperback $29.99 - NewSouth Publishing
Biography & Memoir - Published: 1/Aug/2017 - ISBN: 9781742235462

‘I was written out of the family story. This book is my attempt
to write myself, and my mother, back into it.’

In this singular memoir, historian and biographer Jim Davidson writes
about his fraught relationship with his authoritarian and controlling
father, whose South African background and time in Papua New
Guinea and Fiji prompted his own post-war mini-empire of dominance.
A manipulative and emotionally ferocious man, he rejects his son and
creates a second family, shutting Jim out and eventually disinheriting
him, but never really leaving him alone.

Traversing territory across Australia, South Africa, India, and London,
this beautifully written book tells of a time of crushing conformity,
sharply reminding us that some experiences can never be written out
of our personal histories.

‘The book calls into question the popular myth that the family is a
nurturing and loving place and reminds us, in timely fashion, that
families can be destructive and dangerous environments. Davidson
gives us a vivid and disturbing portrait of a family in which no one
knows how to love properly.’


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