Book Launch of The Philosopher’s Daughter by Alison Booth – a conversation with Professor Frank Bongiorno - Moderated by Dr Andrew Leigh.

Professor Frank Bongiorno is Head of the ANU School of History. He is the author of the award-winning book The Sex Lives of Australians: A History and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, Australian Book Review, the Monthly, Fairfax and The Australian. He is a regular contributor to Inside Story and The Conversation.

Dr Andrew Leigh MP is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury, Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. He is a former economics professor at the ANU, and author of Battlers and Billionaires, The Luck of Politics, Randomistas with the latest (out September 2020), Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook.


Publication date 2 April, 2020


‘A lyrical tale of wild, frontier Australia. Evocative, insightful, thought-provoking. 

Karen Viggers, author

‘Booth is superb at the small detail that creates a life, and the large one that gives it meaning.’

Marion Halligan, author


‘Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues on race relations in Australia and women’s rights.’

Tom Flood, author and editor

Read my blog article about the background to writing The Philosopher's Daughters.


From nineteenth century London to remote outback Australia, two sisters – pulled apart by love – are brought together by tragedy.

When Harriet Cameron follows her beloved sister, Sarah, to the harsh Australian outback – as dangerous as it is beautiful, as mysterious as it is wild – she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.

Harriet’s recovery from this alienation begins with her growing friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her increasing love for the landscape.

But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand who is seeking revenge...

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