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Singleton Public Library

8-10 Queen Street

Singleton, NSW 2330

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Join author, Betty O'Neil as she talks about her book 'The Other Side of Absence'

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Borrow one of multiple copies from the Library available now.

Betty O’Neill grew up knowing very little about her father Antoni. She knew that he had fled Poland in WWII, that he had disappeared one night when she was a baby, and that his brief reappearance when she was a young adult had been harrowing and painful.

Fifty-five years after he deserted her family, Betty becomes determined to solve the mystery of her absent father. Betty’s search takes her to Poland, where she unexpectedly inherits a family apartment from a half sister she never met. Sifting through photos, letters and other clues from her father’s life, she puts together a more complete picture of Antoni: Polish resistance fighter, a Catholic political prisoner, survivor of Auschwitz and Gusen concentration camps, an exile in post-war England, and a migrant to Australia.

Honest and compelling, The Other Side of Absence has elements of a cold case detective story. Evidence of facts gathered along the way reveal disturbing truths buried within a family.

Betty O’Neil is a writer and teacher with a lively curiosity and passion for learning. She has an eclectic range of degrees, the most recent being a Doctorate in Creative Arts. She is a lecturer in Creative Intelligence an Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Books will be available for sale and signing on the night.

We are currently operating under reduced numbers at all programs due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you need to cancel your ticket please contact us and we can release tickets to our waiting list.

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