A powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.
Peter Papathanasiou is the son of migrants and 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 among Australia's Greek community and their own family. Finally, in 1973, Peter's uncle and aunt in Greece offered to have a baby and give it to his parents to raise as their 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, finally discovering his true parentage in 1999 when his mother revealed the secret of his birth and the sacrifice that lay behind. By then, Peter's birth mother had died, but he found he had two older brothers still living in northern Greece. This is where the story begins.
What follows is a moving and compelling memoir of family and place, 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 were prepared to make an extraordinary gift.
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.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format
Biography & True Stories