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In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph.

When she is five, Anne Gorman’s family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic mother has a breakdown and Anne and her sisters are placed in a convent.

Struggling to survive a childhood marred by fear and uncertainty, Anne sees education as her lifeline to freedom. After graduating from university, she’s set to take on the world.

But her plans come unstuck when she falls in love. Marrying a farmer and becoming a mother of five was a life she never imagined. Yet in this alien landscape she finds love and a sense of belonging.

When her husband becomes gravely ill, Anne has to find the courage to keep the farm and her family afloat.

Against a backdrop of dramatic historic change, from the shadow of war to the rise of feminism, an uncertain young girl grows into a woman of substance.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857985064

    March 2, 2015

    Bantam Australia

    336 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780857985071

    March 2, 2015

    Random House Australia

    320 pages

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