Ten Hail Marys: a memoir

Author: Howarth Kate

Price: $34.95
$34.95
SKU: 9780702237706

An extraordinary story of courage and survival in the tradition of Angela's Ashes.

Ten Hail Marys follows the first seventeen years of Kate Howarth's life in Sydney and country New South Wales. Raised by various Indigenous relatives, she is abandoned by her mother and then her grandmother, and through it all manages to believe that she will have a better life. In the mid-1960s, at the age of fifteen, she becomes pregnant and is sent to St Margaret's Home for unwed mothers in Sydney, where she resists intense pressure to give up her baby for adoption. She becomes one of the few women to ever leave the Home with her baby.

Ten Hail Marys tells the story of a childhood beset by hardship, abuse, profound grief, poverty, emotional ambivalence and more than enough unpredictable turns of events in any young life. While at times shocking in her frankness, Howarth is never self-pitying or bitter. Her natural gift for storytelling, her cast of larger-than-life characters, including Mamma (her grandmother), whose presence looms large from the outset, her vivid sense of place and dark understated humour make Ten Hail Marys one of the most compelling memoirs of the year.

Price: $34.95
Book Cover:  Ten Hail Marys: a memoir
Published:29/03/2010
Format:Paperback, 320 pages
RRP:$34.95
price:AUD $34.95
ISBN-13:9780702237706
ISBN-10:0702237701
Publisher:U.Q.P.
Imprint:Uqp

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