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'A magnificent and devastating work of art. There is a raging anger here, and a deep sorrow, but at the core Haydar gives us truths about love. This is one of the most important books I've ever read.' Bri Lee

'I am from a family of strong women.'


Amani Haydar suffered the unimaginable when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Five months pregnant at the time, her own perception of how she wanted to mother (and how she had been mothered) was shaped by this devastating murder.

After her mother's death, Amani began reassessing everything she knew of her parents' relationship. They had been unhappy for so long - should she have known that it would end like this? A lawyer by profession, she also saw the holes in the justice system for addressing and combating emotional abuse and coercive control.

Amani also had to reckon with the weight of familial and cultural context. Her parents were brought together in an arranged marriage, her mother thirteen years her father's junior. Her grandmother was brutally killed in the 2006 war in Lebanon, adding complex layers of intergenerational trauma.

Writing with grace and beauty, Amani has drawn from this a story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world. In The Mother Wound, she uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.


WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2022 MICHAEL CROUCH AWARD FOR A DEBUT WORK
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION 2022
WINNER OF THE MATT RICHELL AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2022

WINNER OF THE 2021 SYDNEY MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE (SMAC) AWARDS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE DOUGLAS STEWART PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE MULTICULTURAL NSW AWARD 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST TRUE CRIME 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS 2022 NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE WALKLEY BOOK AWARD 2021


Praise for The Mother Wound

'Shattering, unforgettable, beautifully told.' - Randa Abdel-Fattah

'Gripping, transcendent, tender and, at times, infuriating. With a daughter's heart and a lawyer's mind, Amani Haydar maps the territory that connects the wars we fight abroad to the wars we endure in our homes.' - Jess Hill

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760987015
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 29/06/2021
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Domestic violence
    Biography & True Stories / Biography: general
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $12.99

'A magnificent and devastating work of art. There is a raging anger here, and a deep sorrow, but at the core Haydar gives us truths about love. This is one of the most important books I've ever read.' Bri Lee

'I am from a family of strong women.'


Amani Haydar suffered the unimaginable when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Five months pregnant at the time, her own perception of how she wanted to mother (and how she had been mothered) was shaped by this devastating murder.

After her mother's death, Amani began reassessing everything she knew of her parents' relationship. They had been unhappy for so long - should she have known that it would end like this? A lawyer by profession, she also saw the holes in the justice system for addressing and combating emotional abuse and coercive control.

Amani also had to reckon with the weight of familial and cultural context. Her parents were brought together in an arranged marriage, her mother thirteen years her father's junior. Her grandmother was brutally killed in the 2006 war in Lebanon, adding complex layers of intergenerational trauma.

Writing with grace and beauty, Amani has drawn from this a story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world. In The Mother Wound, she uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.


WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2022 MICHAEL CROUCH AWARD FOR A DEBUT WORK
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION 2022
WINNER OF THE MATT RICHELL AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2022

WINNER OF THE 2021 SYDNEY MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE (SMAC) AWARDS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE DOUGLAS STEWART PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE MULTICULTURAL NSW AWARD 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST TRUE CRIME 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS 2022 NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE WALKLEY BOOK AWARD 2021


Praise for The Mother Wound

'Shattering, unforgettable, beautifully told.' - Randa Abdel-Fattah

'Gripping, transcendent, tender and, at times, infuriating. With a daughter's heart and a lawyer's mind, Amani Haydar maps the territory that connects the wars we fight abroad to the wars we endure in our homes.' - Jess Hill

Awards

Winner for Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards 2022Winner for Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards 2022.

Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction 2022Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction 2022.

Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction 2022Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction 2022.

Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards the Multicultural NSW Award 2022Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards the Multicultural NSW Award 2022.

Short-listed for Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2022Short-listed for Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2022.

Short-listed for ABIA Biography of the Year 2022Short-listed for ABIA Biography of the Year 2022.

Winner for National Biography Award 2022Winner for National Biography Award 2022.

Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards Non-fiction Book Award 2022Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards Non-fiction Book Award 2022.

Winner for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2022Winner for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2022.

Long-listed for Walkley Book Award 2022Long-listed for Walkley Book Award 2022.

Author Information

Amani Haydar is an artist, lawyer, mum and advocate for women's health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani's writing and illustrations have been published in ABC News Online and SBS Life and her self-portrait Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize. Amani uses visual art and writing to explore the personal and political dimensions of abuse, loss, identity and resilience.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

26 August 2022

The human spirit is remarkably resilient. Three authors who have survived unimaginable hardships discuss the source of their inner strength. Panellists: Amani Haydar, Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Hayley Katzen Chair: Anne Maria Nicholson

10:15 AM

Elements of Byron
Elements of Byron 144 Bayshore Dr Byron Bay NSW 2481 Website



27 August 2022

The impact of male violence is deeply traumatising and personal. This panel will explore the depths to which surviving domestic violence can change an individual to the core. Panellists: Amani Haydar, Akuch Kuol Anyieth, and Jane Caro. Chair: Jess Hill

2:00 PM

Elements of Byron
Elements of Byron 144 Bayshore Dr Byron Bay NSW 2481 Website



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