December 08, 2017

My essay about the way children are currently overlooked in the current conversation around domestic violence.

March 08, 2016

Ruth's hour long interview Richard Fidler on the brilliant show, 'Conversations.'

June 17, 2016

A chat over a glass of cider where Chris asks me if I ever thought I might die during my childhood and we discuss some of the pitfalls of memoir writing.

March 04, 2016

Read the excerpt of ENEMY that appeared in Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age. 

March 12, 2016

Some highlights from this review include:


" enormously rewarding and revealing exploration of the effects of war on family life and on the human soul and psyche... emotionally charged and thoroughly engaging book... Clare’s triumph is that despite so much heartache and soul searching, she has managed to process all this pain and to ultimately emerge as a member of a loving family, and also become an excellent author."

April 24, 2016

An interview on ANZAC day talking about the weight of the medals worn by the men in the parade and all they represent (listen here)

May 02, 2016

An interview talking about growing up with violence and how it feels to return to my home town, Rockhampton (listen here)

April 10, 2016

A conversation with Sally Warhaft, Clare Wright and Rachel Goldlust where we talk about growing up with a returned soldier for a father amongst other things (listen here)

March 29, 2016

An interview where I discuss the compassion I found for my father and all veterans (listen here)

June 30, 2016

ENEMY is a book of interest in the Australian Defence Magazine

An excerpt of the review reads:


The Vietnam War left Clare’s father a deeply troubled, emotionally distant and violent man. The impact of his behaviour would echo down the generations. In this beautifully written but often emotionally disturbing memoir Ruth Clare explores her abusive childhood, troubled adolescence and new motherhood.

You can read the full review here

May 09, 2016

An interview where I discuss the impact of my childhood trauma on my parenting (listen here)


April 29, 2016

A feature in Rockhampton's local paper. So nice to have five minutes of fame in my home town! Read here.

March 09, 2016

Enemy appears top of Annabel Crabbe's book pile in the promo for her new show with Leigh Sales, 'When I get a minute.' Total fan of both of these glorious, smart, funny women.

March 15, 2016

A piece I wrote about the reasons behind my decision to write ENEMY

February 21, 2016

Behind Enemy Lines

Read a piece of memoir based on Enemy, written by me for Elle Magazine.

March 28, 2016

This is a confronting story, but I believe it’s a must-read. The veterans of the Vietnam War served their country in good faith, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice. Their service, and the way they were treated upon their return had a devastating impact on their psyches, and subsequently on their partners and children.

March 16, 2016

A great conversation about the themes of ENEMY with David Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

February 27, 2016

ENEMY is the Staff Pick at Angus and Robertson

An amazing review of ENEMY by Ben at Angus and Robertson. Some of the highlights include...


"What Ruth Clare has written is something more terrifying and explosive than any war book I’ve read in years... The terrible beauty of the writing is that she stays firmly in the voice and mind of her childhood self in her account... The prose, while bone-chilling and riveting, glows with real love in every page, ultimately completing a quest for hope in the next generation of the author’s family. This book is the fantastic untold story of the battles fought decades after and thousands of miles from the Vietnam War we think we know. It should be read and shared by all."


See full review here

February 28, 2016

Enemy receives 4.5 star review from Collins Bookseller blog

Bronwyn at Collins Booksellers Chirnside Park has rated Enemy 4.5 stars. According to her scale that means it fits somewhere between 4 Stars: Top Notch. An engaging read that I would recommend to friends, family and anyone that will listen! and 5 Stars: Brilliant. Couldn't put it down, I cannot recommend this title highly enough! Thanks Bronwyn!


See full review here

January 26, 2016

Some highlights from this review.


Domestic abuse and PTSD in returning soldiers are two issues the Australian media is only starting to raise awareness about... Ruth Clare tackles both topics in her debut memoir Enemy... This is a simply told, accessible account of a young girl growing up in the clutches of a violent father... Clare isn't out to settle any scores and she demonstrates a mature understanding of the psychology of abuse... In one powerful scene, she describes her teenage self running to the middle of a suburban park to scream out her frustration... It's a sadness the general public can no longer close its ears to, which is why confronting stories such as Clare's must be read.

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