The strong female protagonists in Jane Caro’s The Mother and Debra Oswald’s The Family Doctor take matters into their own hands. Debra’s Paula is a dedicated suburban GP, devastated by the murder of a friend and her children by their estranged husband and father. Jane’s Miriam is a successful businesswoman whose life is upended when her daughter’s marriage turns sour. These provocative, urgent novels brim with fury, grief and deep love as they explore what happens when you are tested to the limit, and ask when is it justified to fight fire with fire?
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Jane Caro is an author, columnist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker and social commentator who appears frequently on Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She has published ten books, including a memoir, Plain-Speaking Jane, and her most recent book and first novel for adults, The Good Mother.
Debra Oswald is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and two-time winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award. She was creator/head writer of the first five seasons of successful TV series Offspring. Debra has also been a storyteller on stage and her one-woman show, Is There Something Wrong With That Lady?, premiered in 2021.