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Let ME Tell You Mending A Broken Childhood
By Anthony McCabe

It is impossible not to be moved by Anthony McCabe's powerful story of a childhood destroyed by sexual abuse. Used at whim by his mother and 'Uncle Fred', he portrays a disturbing picture of growing up in Christchurch during the 1930s, where he lives a semiwild existence, virtually abandoned by family and friends. With the 'Welfare Lady' providing the only support and consistency in his early life, Tony moves from school to school and from foster home to foster home, beset by behavioural problems no-one understands and that he cannot control.

At the age of 12 he is farmed out as a labourer to the back-blocks of Canterbury. Here he sometimes encounters kindness, but many employers treat him little better than a farm dog. He is constantly on the move, discovering the opposite sex on the way - with some amusing consequences - but rarely finding any permanence in work or in life. His stint on the Lake Pukaki power project in the 1940s, working alongside prison labour, reads like something out of Dickens rather than the 'good old days' most New Zea!anders would like to believe in.

Marriage and raising a family finally bring some stability to his life, and setting up his own business gives him a reliable livelihood. But the time must come to pay the piper and exorcise the ghosts. Anthony McCabe's story, written with the support and encouragement of his wife, Reen, is ultimately one of survival and hope.
Paperback, 1998 , 208 pages, very good condition Please click here to ask a question
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