'Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia's most revered writers - Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her at the age of twenty-one. Why they were kept apart is the subject of this startling new memoir.
'The House of Fiction tells the story of Swingler's quest to find her father. As she painstakingly traces and documents clues to a better understanding of Leonard, she inadvertently unravels an intricate fiction created by Elizabeth Jolley to protect those she loves.' (Publisher's blurb)
'Susan Swingler's father was Leonard Jolley, the man who was married to revered Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley.
'It took Susan decades to unravel the lies Leonard told the family he'd left behind in England when he moved to Australia to make a new life with Elizabeth and their children.
'The deceptions were sustained by Elizabeth Jolley too, deceptions that left Susan hurt, bewildered and incredulous when she eventually discovered them.
'Her memoir of this strange but true family story is called House of Fiction, published by Fremantle Press.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.