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‘I was born into the war still raging inside my father.’

Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth learned to be strong and fierce in the face of fear.


After escaping her difficult upbringing, Ruth went on to have a family of her own. The challenges of parenting left her desperate for reassurance that she would not repeat her father's behaviour. She met with other veterans and began learning about the effects of conscription, military training and post-traumatic stress disorder. The stories Ruth uncovered left her with a surprising empathy for the man who’d caused her so much pain, and renewed her determination to stop the legacy of war passing down to the next generation.


Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer.