A few words from the Author of A Dangerous Daughter, Dina Davis

A Dangerous Daughter is a work of literary fiction. It is both a coming-of-age story and a tale of survival. Ivy, the novel’s protagonist, is a teenage girl living in Australia in the 1950s. She develops a mysterious illness that is unnamed and unknown. In a bid to save her life, Ivy is exiled from her family and sent across the continent to WA. There she struggles against ‘The Voice’ which tells her not to eat and almost destroys her. Until the disease is named as anorexia nervosa, Ivy is blamed and shamed. It is only through psychoanalysis that she gains strength and insight, and is able to forge a new identity.

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Dangerous Daughter by Dina Davis is our first book released through the Authors First initiative, our exclusive publishing program for quality works of literary fiction submitted by invitation only. Works in this program are independently published by Cilento Publishing, a member of the Small Press Network.

I’d like to congratulate Dina on the release of A Dangerous Daughter, the inaugural work published under Cilento Publishing’s Author First program. Through this exclusive initiative we seek to publish quality works of literary fiction and I can’t think of a better author or work to get this exciting program started. 

Once I’d finished reading Capriccio the idea of publishing Dina’s next work was clear and present. I’m very pleased that she decided to trust Cilento Publishing with this important, insightful, and expertly crafted work. All books are special to authors, but this one I knew was of particular importance to Dina and it’s been my great pleasure to help her realise its publication. Dina has worked tirelessly through our rigorous traditional editorial process with our chief wielder of the red-pen, Leone Sperling. It’s not a process for the faint of heart but it certainly proves your metal, and Dina has done that in spades. 

I’m proud to publish A Dangerous Daughter, but more so I’m proud of Dina and her commitment to her story and artistry. 

Congratulations from all at Cilento and I wish the book every success.

Evan Shapiro, Co-founder, Cilento Publishing


Published: June 2021

Publisher: Cilento Publishing, Australia ISBN: 978-0-6451758-1-3

Endorsements for A Dangerous Daughter:

“I sincerely hope that A Dangerous Daughter will be widely read. Dina Davis’s courage in creating this book will be a gift to many.” – Dr Dianne Moses, Physician.

“Through deftly combining her life experience with fiction, Dina Davis provides a window into a much-misunderstood eating disorder.” – Dr June Alexander.

Dina Davis is an Australian author from the TopEnd NT and Eastern Seaboard NSW. Her début novel, Capriccio, was shortlisted for the NT Chief Minister’s Fiction Award in 2020. She has twice been shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards. Dina’s short stories, articles and poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the literary journal Borderlands and Rural Reflections.

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