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Jack's Daughter

Growing up German in World War II Broken Hill

Christine Ellis

Jack's Daughter
Growing up during World War II was tough, especially if you lived on the wrong side of the mines that divided the Silver City of Broken Hill. If you were a girl? And German? You needed plenty of spirit!

Broken Hill had a spirit all its own: smart enough to exclude outsiders from the big bucks; strong enough to stop miners drinking beer for months when there was a point to be made; stubborn enough to force cinemas to lift their game. Tough housewives dictated the prices shops could charge. Beneath it all lay the cruelty of war. And a secret.

Jack's Daughter is the true story of the indomitable Maisie Schuster, who struggled to escape the town, a controlling mother and, later, an alcoholic husband. Her father Jack died when Maisie was just nine, but his memory and voice remained her compass for the rest of her life.

Praise for Jack's Daughter:
'Christine Ellis, author and daughter of Maisie, should be both congratulated and thanked for giving us this sad but often wonderful story.'- Nic Klaassen, Flinders Ranges Research

'Whilst heartbreaking in parts, Christine Ellis emphasises all that was good in her mother's adventures and gives an affirming tribute to her mother.' - Rob Welsh, ReadPlus

'I want more of this please. I want a third book that tells your story. You’ve a marvellous style.' - Peter Goers, ABC Adelaide

Christine Ellis is a strategic communications consultant who maintains strong links to her hometown of Broken Hill. Christine is a director of Foundation Broken Hill, a not-for-profit organisation supporting the Silver City's transition to a diversified economy independent of its rapidly declining mining industry. Jack's Daughter is Christine's second book and follows Silver Lies, Golden Truths published in 2015. Both narrative non-fiction works link the colourful history of Broken Hill to her family.
Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055090
Extent 304 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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