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Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer.

'I was born into the war still raging inside my father.'

Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth learned to be strong and fierce in the face of fear.

After escaping her difficult upbringing, Ruth went on to have a family of her own. Facing the challenges of parenting brought her past back to life, and she lived in fear that she was doomed to repeat her father's behaviour. Wanting to understand the experiences that had damaged her father, she met with other veterans and began listening to their stories, of war, conscription, returning to civilian life. What Ruth uncovered left her with a surprising empathy for the man who caused her so much pain and heartache.

Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer.

'Ruth Clare brings history into the home with piercing intelligence, unflinching honesty and total, terrifying recall.' Clare Wright, author of the Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

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Powerful . . . stories such as Clare's must be read

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780670079094

    February 29, 2016

    Viking (AU Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781760141844

    February 29, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    320 pages

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