Peter Papathanasiou - Little One
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets available until 05 June 2019 6:00 PM
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued. If you have purchased a ticket and book both will be at the door under your surname.
Join Peter Papathanasiou for the launch of his memoir Little One: A story of family, love and sacrifice - and an extraordinary secret.
This is a powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys at work between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.
'Absorbing and flawlessly written, telling an ultimately uplifting story about heredity, family and home.' Alison Moore, author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted The Lighthouse
'A beautifully written and incredibly moving book. The humanity, love, loss, and the compelling search for identity shine out from the pages. I loved it.' Kate Hamer, award-winning author of The Girl in the Red Coat
'An engrossing account of two lives and how choices made years previously can ricochet down through the generations. This captivating memoir considers what it means to be a parent in the widest sense.' Claire Fuller, award-winning author of Our Endless Numbered Days
Peter Papathanasiou is the son of migrants and the grandson of refugees. His parents emigrated from Greece to Australia in 1956 but were unable to have children, a huge sorrow (and shame) for them amongst Australia's Greek community and their own family. Finally, in 1973, Peter's mother's brother and sister-in-law in Greece offered to have another baby and give it to her to bring up as her own in Australia. Peter was that baby, born in 1974 and given up by his biological parents so that a childless sister could become a mother.
Peter grew up an only child in Australia, and only discovered his true parentage in 1999, when his mother revealed the family secret to him. By then Peter's birth mother had died, but he found he had two older brothers still living in the small village in northern Greece his mother had emigrated from. This is where the story begins, with Peter's mother sitting him down to tell him about his birth and the sacrifice that lay behind it.
What follows is a wonderful, moving and compelling memoir as Peter traces his parents' journey to Australia, their struggle as migrants, and the very different world that they came from - a world where the bond of family was so strong a husband and wife are prepared to do something extraordinary for their sibling. Peter's own career as a geneticist is a fascinating backdrop to his investigations into his own family.
Peter Papathanasiou has been an internationally recognised research geneticist, working in the US, UK and Australia. His passion, however, is writing, and he's completed several professional development programs in Australia (Varuna) and the US (The New School), as well as earning a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of London.
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