Dr Fanny Reading arrived in Australia in 1889 as a migrant child and felt the loneliness of the newcomer. A brilliant musician and compassionate medical doctor, she created the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia, mentoring thousands of women, bringing them out of their kitchens into the worlds of public debate and policies. A leader on Australia’s home-front during World War II, she was a trailblazer, feminist and courageous activist for the disadvantaged at home and abroad.
‘This illuminating biography makes a significant contribution to Australian history, politics and culture.’—Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet, Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum
‘Few leaders are endowed with the vision and ability to transform their society. One such catalyst of change was Dr Fanny Reading …’—Professor Andrew Markus, Emeritus Professor of Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
‘Sarzin’s book, a labor of love, is a precious gift – not only to a great woman whose legacy has justly been restored but especially to readers, who will emerge with a greater knowledge of critical chapters in Jewish and Australian history, and an appreciation for someone they can cherish as a role model and source of inspiration.’—Dr Daniel Polisar, Executive Vice-President, Shalem College, Jerusalem