The Long Way Home
The Story of a Homes Kid
By (author) Kate Shayler
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Long Way Home by Kate Shayler
Book DescriptionAustralia's own Frank McCourt!' Sally Loane, ABC Radio This is an important story that has long been neglected. We are familiar with stories of the stolen generation and the British child migrants, but there is a third group about whom very little has been written- their white Australian contemporaries who as a result of family breakdown, court orders or abandonment were institutionalised as children. Kate Shayler (pseudonym) grew up a 'homes kid' in the fifties and sixties. Her memoir is more than just an account of her experience as an institutionalised white kid- it's a heartbreaking story of what happens to a child in the absence of emotional support and affection. Far from being a litany of despair, Kate manages to weave into her journey of self-discovery a sense of community, camraderie, and humour of a childhood of sorts - a 'family' that she was forced to create for herself. The Long Way Home- The Story of a Homes Kid will strike a chord with anyone who has ever suffered discrimination, insecurity or the pain of separation from family. It's a timely and profound reminder that every child deserves to be cherished and valued.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781740510509
(198mm x 135mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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In her earlier book, Kate Shayler recounts her experiences as a child placed into a children's home. This sequel starts with a young adult Kate venturing into a wider world and seeking acceptance. Her teaching career brings joy and new challenges, but dark secrets from the past resurface. But all is not doom and gloom as the story ends in triumph.
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Author Biography - Kate Shayler
Kate Shayler resides in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
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