The Other Side of Absence is an elegant debut memoir of resilience and strength. Author Betty O’Neill grew up knowing very little about her father, Antoni.
She knew that he had fled Poland after World War Two, that he had disappeared overnight when she was just an infant, and that his brief reappearance when she was a young adult had been a harrowing, painful ordeal.
Fifty-five years after he deserted her family, Betty is determined to find out more. Her search for truth takes Betty to Poland, where she unexpectedly inherits a family apartment from the half-sister she never knew. It’s a time capsule of her father’s life that helps Betty piece together a fascinating picture of a Polish resistance fighter, a survivor of Auschwitz and Gusen concentration camps, an exile in post-war England, and a migrant to Australia…as well as some disturbing family secrets.
Wednesday 30 September, 7pm-8pm
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