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Allen&Unwin
(2017-04)

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Non-Fiction
Biography/Memoir

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Final Pages

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THE ATTACHMENT

Ailsa Piper, Tony Doherty

Letters from a most unlikely friendship

A celebration of friendship, renewal, nature and the human spirit told through letters between a writer and an 80-year-old priest. Original, surprising - both highly entertaining and deeply moving.

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer and performer Ailsa Piper to say how much he had enjoyed her latest book, he was met with a swift reply from a similarly enquiring mind. Soon emails were flying back and forth and back again. They exchanged stories of their experiences as sweaty pilgrims and dissected dinner party menus. They shared their delight in Mary Oliver's poetry and wrestled with what it means to love and to grieve. This energetic exchange of words, questions and ideas grew into an unexpected but treasured friendship.

Collected here is that correspondence, brimming with empathy, humour and a fierce curiosity about each other and the worlds, shoes and histories that they inhabit. Described by one reader as 'a demonstration of how to have a conversation and a friendship', The Attachment is an intriguing, entertaining and moving celebration of family, faith, connection-even the correct time of day to enjoy rhubarb.

AILSA PIPER has made her life in the arts, having worked as a writer across many mediums, and as a director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. Ailsa was co- winner of the Patrick White Playwright's Award for her script Small Mercies, and her passions for walking and poetry were reflected in her memoir Sinning Across Spain. She is a student of three of the Romance languages. MONSIGNOR TONY DOHERTY was the parish priest at Rose Bay in Sydney for twelve years. Before that he was Dean of St Mary's Cathedral. Throughout his fifty-plus years as a priest, he has written and published widely, in a quest to demystify religious language.

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Comments

8. March 2017, quote
The Attachment made me want to notice my world, love my world, shape it into words. It is a book about friendship but more than that, these two letter-writers – these unlikely friends – are mature enough to know the value of the moment, the value of frien

Sofie Laguna, Miles Franklin award-winning author of The Eye of the Sheep

8. March 2017, quote
To read this book is to be present at the unfurling of a tender friendship between two thoughtful, compassionate humans, and like all the best collections of letters it’s also a discursive wander through life’s big questions. It will make you grateful for

Charlotte Wood, Stella Prize-winning author of The Natural Way of Things

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