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This is an auction for TRUST: A TRUE STORY OF WOMEN AND GANGS, by Pip Desmond.

“TRUST provides extraordinary insight into New Zealand women's lives with gangs. In 1977 an idealistic young doctor's daughter, fresh out of university, knocked on the door of a run-down old house in inner-city Wellington. She was greeted by a woman in a Black Power T-shirt with metal in her nose and a spidery tattoo on her left cheek. So began Pip Desmond's time as a member of Aroha Trust, a work cooperative set up in the heady years of feminism, community activism and the first stirrings of the Maori renaissance. For three years this group of girls did physical 'men's work', lived together, and stood side by side against a backdrop of gang violence, police harassment and a society that didn't want to know. When the government changed the rules for relief work, Aroha Trust folded, but the friendships endured. TRUST tells the women's stories - much of it in their own words - with the respect and compassion that comes from a shared bond over 30 years. By turns angry, funny, hair-raising, tender, frightening and heartbreaking, TRUST celebrates the women's struggles to overcome their pasts and build a future for their children. As a unique insight into New Zealand's social history and a way to understand women and gangs, it is without peer."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pip Desmond is a freelance writer and journalist. In 2000, she became Labour Minister Ruth Dyson's press secretary before doing the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2006, where she wrote the first draft of TRUST.

Large format (trade) paperback 2009.

324 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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