:A thoughtful reflection of a traumatic childhood and adolescence that lead to tormenting and agonising times in the life of the author. Evocative, controversial and at times heart rendering, Ultimately however the story is one of inspiration and the extraordinary power of the human will to survive. This is a true story of one man’s fight to overcome severe abuse under the Catholic boarding schools of Australia in the 1950s in times of parental religious bigotry , social isolation, labour exploitation and severe mental illness. It is not a narrative of despair, but one of ultimately redemption, and hope. This true story is a testament to the power of the human will to survive.