Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung | Black Inc.

Her Father’s Daughter

Awards for Her Father’s Daughter

  • Winner, Non-Fiction Prize: 2011 Western Australian Book Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards

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About the author

Alice Pung

Alice Pung OAM is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as …

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Praise for Her Father’s Daughter

‘Pung is one of the best young writers in Australia. Her Father's Daughter is an exhilarating journey. Take it.’ —Walkley Magazine

‘A tender, sophisticated sequel to Unpolished Gem, told with humour, compassion, finesse and powerful imagery.’ —Wet Ink

‘Pung has an extraordinary story to tell and the finesse to bring it, most movingly to the page.’ —The Monthly

‘A beautiful exploration of father-daughter relationships.’ —Vogue

‘Remarkably tender and thoughtful.’ —Sunday Age

Teachers' Resources


Love; Poverty; Belonging; Survival; Suffering; Independence

Reading age

Grades 10-12


Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father's Daughter captures a father-daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way. For background information about the Cambodian migrant experience and other articles and resources, visit Alice Pung's website.


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