Longlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

In My Mother’s Hands – Biff Ward

Nonfiction · Allen & Unwin

In my mothers hands

About the book

“Ward’s story of her family, and especially of her mother, is full of insight and frank intelligence.

– 2015 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Biff Ward

Further Reading


“For anyone who has ever complained about a difficult mother, or written a memoir about one, this is a humbling book … I found it difficult to get out of my head days after reading it.” – Sheila Fitzpatrick, Australian Book Review

“In My Mother’s Hands is an extraordinary memoir. Ward hides nothing from her readers, neither her own seesawing emotions nor her mother’s increasingly frustrating and dangerous temperament and her father’s sense of self-preservation. Sympathy, pity, confusion, anger and love radiate from her prose, as fresh and raw as they must have been 60 years ago.” – Kylie Mason, Newtown Review of Books

“Captures without artifice the social mores of the times and that peculiar Australian tone which was this country’s take on the 1950s and 1960s.” – Helen Crompton, the West Australian

Judges’ report

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