A Shining Space: A Daughter's Life is the biography of Sarah Eugenie Fabian, who died suddenly at the age of five, after a fortunate and happy life. It is also the story of a mother's conversion from ignorance and indifference about babies to astonished love and admiration, and the postponement of a career for a period of full-time parenthood. "I started almost at once to write about her, in the hope that something of the miracle of love and life that she had been for us could be saved from oblivion and shared with others. " Based on memories recorded whilst the essence of her vibrant self was still vividly present, the story has a unique immediacy, along with the atmosphere, scope and narrative pace of a novel. A Shining Space: A Daughter's Life will appeal in general to fans of biographies, and will resonate with both young and beareaved parents.
Ailsa Fabian was educated at Melbourne University. She worked in London at social research and as a buyer for her family's fashion business, before marriage to the sculptor Erwin Fabian and the birth of a daughter, after which she chose to be a full-time mother. When Sarah died, Ailsa turned to writing. She is the author of The Daniel Diary (Grafton, 1988) and The Sarah Journals (Matador, 2011). Ailsa is publishing A Shining Space at the age of 93.