Bite Your Tongue is a story of great heart. It is the story of a teenage girl's growing up in Queensland during the 1970s, the daughter of a morals crusader: Angel Rendle-Short / Mother Joy Solider. The tale is thoroughly embedded in Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen's conservative Queensland; a time of great social change for the whole of Australia. The narrator's family is characterised by the fervour of religious fundamentalism and extremism, which manifested itself in Angel's highly public, right-wing activism. Bite Your Tongue is also the story of the daughter as an adult and a writer, facing her mother's mortality while at the same time 'discovering' her in archival materials. These threads are woven together in a mix of novel and memoir, each informing and illuminating the other with their different voices, making Bite Your Tongue a highly original work. Using this unusual and fascinating form, Francesca presents a personal social history, documenting a strong, conservative protest movement with a very real list of books to ban and to burn. While harrowing at times, Bite Your Tongue also displays a superb lightness of touch, and a great joy in the power of language. It is an investigation into the very nature of storytelling, displaying great humour and heart.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Francesca Rendle-Short
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Imprint: Spinifex Press
Dimensions: Width: 23.00cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 15.50cm
ISBN 10: 1876756969
Publication Date: 02 September 2011
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Francesca Rendle-Short is the author of the novel Imago, the novella Big Sister, and co-author with Felicity Packard of the play Us. Her short fictions, photo-essays, exhibition text, and poetry for the page and for the wall, have been published in literary journals and magazines, online and in exhibitions.
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