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They Told Me I Had To Write This
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Clem is a boy in strife. Blamed for the death of his mother, carrying a terrible secret from the past, and in trouble with the police, he’s now in a school for toxic teenagers. And that re-head school counsellor wants him to write letters. Through his writing Clem goes deep into the trauma that has defined his life. Then he comes face to face with his mother’s death. In a rush of bush bike racing, the death of one student and the consequent arrest of another, an unexpected first girlfriend, and some surprising friendships, Clem’s story is the celebration of a boy who finds an unexpected future.
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Clem is a boy in strife. Blamed for the death of his mother, carrying a terrible secret from the past, and in trouble with the police, he’s now in a school for toxic teenagers. And that re-head school counsellor wants him to write letters. Through his writing Clem goes deep into the trauma that has defined his life. Then he comes face to face with his mother’s death.

In a rush of bush bike racing, the death of one student and the consequent arrest of another, an unexpected first girlfriend, and some surprising friendships, Clem’s story is the celebration of a boy who finds an unexpected future.

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They told me I had to write this. It’s taken a while to get started but here I am.
‘Here I am.’ Sounds like I’m talking to the coppers again.
‘Here I am. Yes, sir. No, sir. OK I did it, sir. Here I am.’
The stuff I’ve been given up for. I can’t believe it. People are still on my back in this place. Same old story. So here I am writing. Figure that one out.
Anyway, there’s too many dead people in my world and I’m sick of being blamed. Being blamed for someone being dead sucks. Such is life. Ned Kelly said that. Saw a few people dead then wrote some letter and got famous.
Brothers, Ned and me.
Don’t count on this being a long letter. It’s taken a while to get started but it’s coz of what they told me. Well, anyway ...

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About Kim

I grew up on the red soil plains of country town Australia where the essentials of life were a bike and a rope swung out over the river. Study came to me with great difficulty and I dropped out of university and wandered through many areas of work. In my thirties I started to...

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