My Father the Murderer: A Reckoning with the Past

My Father the Murderer: A Reckoning with the Past

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‘In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die.’

This was Nina Young’s shocking realisation in her mid-twenties, when she found out from online court records that her estranged father, Allan Ladd, had strangled a woman to death decades before. In prison he’d met Denise, Nina’s mother, who was his tutor. Although Denise didn’t know the extent of Allan’s crime when she fell in love with him, by the time she found out, she was in too deep. She had to flee from him before Nina turned two.

A decade after reading the court records, Nina, now a journalist, decided to release a podcast to tackle the questions she’d been asking herself ever since. How did her mother fall in love with a murderer? What happened to Conan, Nina’s estranged half-brother, who spent his formative years in Allan’s care? How much do your origins determine your destiny?

This is the story behind the podcast, taking Nina on a cross-country journey to retrace her steps. It is also Denise’s story, of falling in love with a charismatic, intelligent prisoner who turned out to be violent and callous. Unburdening herself of the stigma she carried with her for thirty years, Denise writes of what it took to leave and rebuild her life in the wake of the destruction Allan caused.

A dual memoir, a true crime story and an examination of the way domestic violence insinuates itself into the lives of survivors, My Father, the Murderer is, at its heart, a story of a mother and daughter coming together with honesty and openness to reckon with the past.
Article Number:
157145
Author:
Nina and Denise Young
Brand Name:
Penguin Books Australia
ISBN:
9781760890575
Number of Pages:
272
Product Contains:
Trade Paperback
Product Depth:
2.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.344 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
18/05/2021
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Australia
Release Date:
Tue May 18 00:00:00 AEST 2021
Product details
‘In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die.’

This was Nina Young’s shocking realisation in her mid-twenties, when she found out from online court records that her estranged father, Allan Ladd, had strangled a woman to death decades before. In prison he’d met Denise, Nina’s mother, who was his tutor. Although Denise didn’t know the extent of Allan’s crime when she fell in love with him, by the time she found out, she was in too deep. She had to flee from him before Nina turned two.

A decade after reading the court records, Nina, now a journalist, decided to release a podcast to tackle the questions she’d been asking herself ever since. How did her mother fall in love with a murderer? What happened to Conan, Nina’s estranged half-brother, who spent his formative years in Allan’s care? How much do your origins determine your destiny?

This is the story behind the podcast, taking Nina on a cross-country journey to retrace her steps. It is also Denise’s story, of falling in love with a charismatic, intelligent prisoner who turned out to be violent and callous. Unburdening herself of the stigma she carried with her for thirty years, Denise writes of what it took to leave and rebuild her life in the wake of the destruction Allan caused.

A dual memoir, a true crime story and an examination of the way domestic violence insinuates itself into the lives of survivors, My Father, the Murderer is, at its heart, a story of a mother and daughter coming together with honesty and openness to reckon with the past.
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Article Number:
157145
Author:
Nina and Denise Young
Brand Name:
Penguin Books Australia
ISBN:
9781760890575
Number of Pages:
272
Product Contains:
Trade Paperback
Product Depth:
2.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.344 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
18/05/2021
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Australia
Release Date:
Tue May 18 00:00:00 AEST 2021