Ann Moyal's new memoir

Ann Moyal's new memoir

A Woman of Influence: Science, Men and History

by Ann Moyal

UWA Publishing, $34.99 pb, 212 pp, 9781742585970

Ann Moyal was born in 1926, so now she is heading towards her ninetieth birthday. She has already launched a work of autobiography into the world, written in her mid-sixties. But her life did not, then, ‘take a quieter turn’. On the contrary, she tells us, ‘I’d continued to spend my ageing life with passion, involvement, and intensity.’ And that has inspired her to

gather together those buoyant passages and components; my chequered engagement as a historian; the richly unfolding interconnections and tapestry of people who have influenced and shaped me; love and loss; and the experience of vastly increasing age.

‘Hurry,’ she urges, quoting the wonderful Margaret Olley, ‘Hurry last days!’

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Susan Magarey

Susan Magarey

Susan Magarey was the founder and for twenty years the Editor of the journal, Australian Feminist Studies. A historian and biographer, she is also the founder of the Magarey Medal for Biography.