About the Book
Growing up in the 1960s in a small rural community, Suzanne Covich is the dux of her primary-school classes. But it’s what she learns at home that shapes the Ten Out of Ten Kid into the girl who won’t cry, who plays dead, whose vulnerability is disguised beneath Huck Finn bravado. The class clown who sometimes forgets to keep her big mouth shut. The girl whose father bashes her mother and crawls
between his daughters’ sheets. In this extraordinary memoir of childhood, Suzanne Covich writes in a voice as raw and compelling and alive as if she were sitting across from you with a cup of coffee, reading aloud.
About the Author
Suzanne Covich spent her early years in a large family in the country, leaving school unwillingly at thirteen to work in an old people’s home. After entering university in her mid-thirties as a single mother, she went on to obtain a PhD in Creative Writing at Edith Cowan University. She now works as a high-school teacher and was the first Australian to win two National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEITA). Suzanne writes poetry and short fiction, and her work has been published in major Australian journals and performed on ABC Radio National. She is a public speaker and child rights activist, and, in 2002, initiated and edited an anthology of student art, photography and writing: A Circle in a Room Full of Squares.
· Harrowing and brilliantly written memoir about a child’s struggle to transcend her circumstances using creativity and intelligence.
· Written by an award-winning teacher and child rights activist whose book tackles the role of the media, church and schools in reinforcing violence against women.
· Author widely published in Australian literary journals, including Quadrant, Meanjin, Island, Southern Review and Northern Perspective, as well as anthologies—Summer Shorts, New Beginnings and She’s a Train and She’s Dangerous.
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Pub. date: June 2012
Format: B+ Format PB