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Bite Your Tongue is a story of great heart. It is the story of a teenage girl's growing up in Queensland during the 1970s, the daughter of a morals crusader: Angel Rendle-Short / Mother Joy Solider. The tale is thoroughly embedded in Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen's conservative Queensland; a time of great social change for the whole of Australia. The narrator's family is characterised by the fervour of religious fundamentalism and extremism, which manifested itself in Angel's highly public, right-wing activism. Bite Your Tongue is also the story of the daughter as an adult and a writer, facing her mother's mortality while at the same time 'discovering' her in archival materials. These threads are woven together in a mix of novel and memoir, each informing and illuminating the other with their different voices, making Bite Your Tongue a highly original work. Using this unusual and fascinating form, Francesca presents a personal social history, documenting a strong, conservative protest movement with a very real list of books to ban and to burn. While harrowing at times, Bite Your Tongue also displays a superb lightness of touch, and a great joy in the power of language. It is an investigation into the very nature of storytelling, displaying great humour and heart.