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'Towards the end of his first serious suicide attempts, my father said the strangest thing to me...

'Growing up in 1970s Sydney, Tim Elliott had a loving stay-at-home mum, a professional father, three siblings, a private school education and endless opportunities to fish and surf at the nearby beaches.

'But this was not the idyllic childhood it appeared. A charismatic, well-respected doctor by day, Tim's father became a roaring madman at night.

'The house was our castle, and Dad was our king. He was an unpredictable king, tyrannous and moody, lethal one day, loving the next.

'This is an extraordinary memoir of growing up with a parent afflicted by mental illness: a complex elegy, powerfully told, loaded with love, rage and surprising humour. It is about the lengths children will go to protect themselves - and their families - from shame or harm, and how adapting to that adversity becomes and intractable part of who we are as adults. ' (Publication summary)

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Works about this Work

The Way to Deal with a Legacy of Despair Candida Baker , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Betweenthelines 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 14 May 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography ; A Girl from Oz Lyndall Hobbs 2016 single work autobiography ; Rockhopping Trace Balla 2016 single work children's fiction
This articles contains several book reviews.
[Untitled] Robyn Douglass , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 May 2016; (p. 36)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Son a Survivor of Paternal Rage and Sorrow Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 May 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Father on the Edge Tim Elliott , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2016; (p. 44-45)
Layers of Entrapment Kari Gislason , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
'One of the claims that is sometimes made for the memoir form is that it gives the author a degree of release from the past. Getting it down on paper can also be about getting it out – perhaps even out of the way. The title of Tim Elliott's memoir, Farewell to the Father, suggests that this may have been the goal here; that Elliott, in telling his story, would be able to farewell a man who, we learn, caused much suffering to both himself and his family. A great strength of this book, though, lies with the less satisfying, but I think more realistic, acceptance that definitive goodbyes of this kind are seldom possible. The past, and the layers of entrapment that may lie there, are much more complex than that.' (Introduction)
The Way to Deal with a Legacy of Despair Candida Baker , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Betweenthelines 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 14 May 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography ; A Girl from Oz Lyndall Hobbs 2016 single work autobiography ; Rockhopping Trace Balla 2016 single work children's fiction
This articles contains several book reviews.
[Untitled] Robyn Douglass , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 May 2016; (p. 36)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Son a Survivor of Paternal Rage and Sorrow Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 May 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
Layers of Entrapment Kari Gislason , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Farewell to the Father : A Memoir of Love and Madness Tim Elliott 2016 single work autobiography
'One of the claims that is sometimes made for the memoir form is that it gives the author a degree of release from the past. Getting it down on paper can also be about getting it out – perhaps even out of the way. The title of Tim Elliott's memoir, Farewell to the Father, suggests that this may have been the goal here; that Elliott, in telling his story, would be able to farewell a man who, we learn, caused much suffering to both himself and his family. A great strength of this book, though, lies with the less satisfying, but I think more realistic, acceptance that definitive goodbyes of this kind are seldom possible. The past, and the layers of entrapment that may lie there, are much more complex than that.' (Introduction)
Father on the Edge Tim Elliott , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2016; (p. 44-45)
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