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Adrienne Burgess

Adrienne Burgess

ADRIENNE BURGESS was born in Brisbane and raised in Canberra, although she now lives in London with her husband and daughter. She has been writing professionally since the age of 18, first (while reading Drama and English at Bristol University) as a weekly columnist on the Sydney Morning Herald. She is still much in demand as a broadcaster and writer on family issues.

In 1992, Random House commissioned "Fatherhood Reclaimed: the making of the modern father" which she wrote while Research Associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Her ground-breaking policy document "Men and their Children: proposals for public policy" was published by IPPR in 1996. "Fatherhood Reclaimed" appeared a year later to great acclaim, and is now a mass-market paperback in the UK, Australia and South Africa and, in translation, all over Europe.

Her influential "A Complete Parent: towards a new vision for child support" was published by IPPR in 1998, and during 1999 she supervised an IPPR project "mapping" fathers groups in the UK, which was published in 2001 under the title "Fathers Figure". She was the consultant on Carlton TV's First Edition: Fathers which was nominated for a BAFTA in 1998.

Adrienne is currently Policy Advisor to Fathers Direct, the UK information centre for fathers set up with initial funding from the Department of Health and the Home Office. She also contributes to family policy in the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Cabinet Office and Number 10 Downing Street, and has given presentations and workshops on fatherhood in the US, Australia, Europe, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Adrienne has just finished her second book, this time on couple relationships. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?", also commissioned by Random House, was published in 2002. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" charts the progress of sexual love through the life cycle, from puppy love to family formation and into old age, identifying the whys and wherefores of successful and unsuccessful relationships for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

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