Following the sudden death of her mother, renowned ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson penned On Mother, a poignant and moving reflection on their relationship over decades and across continents. After a career spent investigating some of Australia’s most high-profile news stories, she turned the focus onto her own family to examine the individual that existed beyond motherhood. In conversation with Louise Adler, the four-time Walkley Award–winning reporter reflects on the complex bonds shared between mothers and daughters.

Sarah Ferguson (Australian)

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Sarah Ferguson is a Gold Walkley winner who began her career working for UK newspapers. Moving to Paris, she became a fixer for quite pretentious British arts programs being made in France. An interlude in current affairs changed everything. The arts producers said she would hate journalism as the people involved with it ‘had no manners.’ It was a perfect match! After working for European broadcasters she moved to Washington DC and then Australia. Following stints at SBS and Channel 9, she later became a reporter for (and now the anchor of) ABC TV's Four Corners. She has won three Walkleys, four Logies and many other awards.

Louise Adler (Australian)

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Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, president of the Australian Publishers Association and chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).