Sir Robert Menzies to his daughter Heather in October 1967, from the recent collection Letters to My Daughter (Murdoch Books).

I have never been persona grata with the ABC, nor the ABC with me. Yet before I went abroad, my publishers at this end had made an agreement with the ABC that they would devote half of a thirty-minute feature called This Day Tonight to an interview with me on Monday 23rd, the date of the launching of Afternoon Light.

I was far from well, but at great inconvenience I went down to Ripponlea and went through with it.

I didn’t see the result that night but some of my friends and members of the family did, to their intense annoyance.

It appears that they put me on for about a minute but devoted other time to a series of critical statements about my book …

Still, one lives and learns. I shall now return to my old decision never to do a TV appearance for the ABC.

Letters to My Daughter was reviewed by Sir Guy Green in October Quadrant

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