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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143785286
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $34.99

Out of the Forest

The true story of a recluse




Gregory Smith was homeless for much of his adult life and lived for many years as a recluse in a forest in New South Wales. He now has a PhD in Sociology and teaches at Southern Cross University.

What makes a man turn his back on society? What makes him return?

For years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce.

But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he might be Jesus. Others feared he was a more sinister figure.

The truth was that he was neither miraculous nor malevolent, but he was, most certainly, gifted. And when he finally emerged from the forest, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to reclaim his real name and ‘give society another chance’.

Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of fourteen, has a PhD and teaches in the Social Sciences at university. His profoundly touching and uplifting memoir is at once a unique insight into how far off track a life can go and powerful reminder that we can all find our way back if we pause for a moment in the heart of the forest.

  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143785286
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $34.99

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Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith was homeless for much of his adult life. He now has a PhD in Sociology and teaches in the Social Sciences at Southern Cross University.

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The rainforest hermit who stepped out of the wild

Beetles, worms and lizards — Gregory Smith ate just about anything to stay alive in the forest. From a homeless hermit to a university lecturer, he's proven you can overcome anything in your search for a safe place. He shares his story with ABC’s Australian Story. Read more here: https://ab.co/2NEVrsv For more from ABC News, click here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/ Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/abcnews Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/abcnews.au Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/abcnews_au

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Wild hunger

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