Winner of the Non Fiction Prize in theWA Premier s Book AwardsShortlisted for the Non Fiction Prize in theVictorian Premier s Literary Awards and theQueensland Literary Awards Alice Pung is a gem Her voice is the real thing Amy TanAt twenty something, Alice is eager for the milestones of adulthood leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms But with each step she takes she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads the love and worry of her parents, who want than anything to keep her from harm Her father fears for her safety to an extraordinary degree but why As she digs further into her father s story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the yearsSet in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father s Daughter captures a father daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way A beautiful exploration of father daughter relationships Vogue Remarkably tender and thoughtful The Sunday Age Pung has an extraordinary story to tell and the finesse to bring it, most movingly, to the page The MonthlyAlice Pung s first book, Unpolished Gem, won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian and New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards She edited the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia and her work has appeared in the Monthly, Good Weekend, the Age, The Best Australian Stories and Meanjin Pung makes everything she writes about shine The Australian What a great book, I read this while traveling through Cambodia, it really hit home the horror of the history of the beautiful country and the resilience of the people Everyone should read this book and visit the country I did enjoy his and edge to three and a half There were times when I was wondering what the point of the book was It was interesting in places but the compilation was not flowing. I read this book while travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos It is beautifully written and evokes numerous emotions The author s sensitivity to the rational behind her father s behaviour and parenting is clever, witty and often humorous I would highly recommend this book. Interesting read, got a bit boring towards the end. I found this book a bit disjointed. Fantastic read This book held me spellbound throughout Alice Pung writes with honesty and power without affectation I learned a lot about the Pol Pot years and the description of her father s life during this time was haunting it will stay with me This book should be compulsory reading in all Australian schools It would make the average Aussie wiser, understanding and just kinder It s not all grim There were parts that made me laugh out loud I loved the story of the laminator I can t wait for the next Alice Pung offering. This is a beautifully written book but sometimes irritating as it moves in and out of the lives of daughter and father.It gives a graphic and moving story about the hardships and horrors that were endured by Alice s parents and the story of how well they settled and made a great contribution to this country. I found the author writing in third person disconcerting in the flow of the story.The information on the conditions in Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime vivid, educational and very disturbing Very well written I was engrossed.The story starts of life in the suburbs of Melbourne a bit dull and I nearly put the book aside a few times glad I persevered, as the story of her father s life in Cambodia was an eye opener.