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Lesley is a tradesman and committed husband and father now in his fifties and who has never previously written anything more than an essay at high school. A long-time mate of Gary, they have spent countless hours talking and sharing their life experiences and stories.  Horrified by the suffering Gary endures from his past and knowing other people have suffered different but similar histories, he decided to write Gary’s story in the hope that just knowing they are not alone may help someone get through another day and feel a little more at peace.

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By Lesley Hanson

RRP: $22.95
ISBN: 9781922444097

This is a story of survival...

Gary is an average bloke who grew up in rural Australia during the late 70's and into the raging 80's' He has no fame or notoriety, nor does he want any. Throughout his childhood and early adult life he endured many forms of degradation and abuse at the hands of the people close to him and who should have been his greatest support and protection from the world of evil.

Anyone who has been afflicted by traumatic experiences in childhood has, out of necessity, developed a range of creative, effective strategies that help them survive and go forward to live a valued life. Gary did this as he learned to protect his emotions by repressing them and trying to live without question or causing upset of the ignorant culture he would discover around him.

Very often, however, the strategies that worked in childhood don't work so well when one becomes an adult. Like so many others, now in his fifties, Gary suffers PTSD, anxiety, and depression; all the while having all the elements of decent Australian lifestyle. He has a great job, a beautiful wife and children who mean the universe to him. But the torment of his past makes everyday a struggle for him and his battle for inner freedom and peace brings the demons raging back to his soul.

"An emotional torture of painful experiences one can never wish to identify with but only aspire to survive...a wonderful triumph of heart and spirit for the survival of manhood...5 stars..." Colin, Indiebook reviewer

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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