In this moving, literate memoir, Dr Elisabeth Hanscombe retraces and reflects on her experiences as a witness to and victim of sexual abuse by her father
In a vivid but always objective narrative, Elisabeth shows how this trauma affects the personality, personal relationships and working life of its victims, but her story is one of perseverance and ultimately transcendence, giving hope to those who have suffered abuse.
This book is a remarkable testimony to the power of self-transformation — through life, through study, through therapy, through writing. No longer needing to disappear, she is triumphantly present in these pages.
– Christina Houen
Your book is so well written, and there is such a beautiful spirit that brings light and grace to its darkest places, that I am convinced it will have a long and fruitful life. I am well into it now, and I relish it in all its simple, straightforward, clear-eyed eloquence. The story is so well told. Be well. When you think about it, each day is a coming out, an invitation to blossom and grow. And, like all of your children, your book has and will have a life of its own. Let it surprise you.
– William Michaelian
This memoir is intricately observed and written with such clear-eyed intelligence I wanted to swoop down and steal its subject to love and safety. A disturbing and compelling read.
– Carrie Tiffany
– Anne Manne
With a combination of literary ability and deep self-knowledge, Elisabeth Hanscombe gives a rare insight into a child’s struggle to survive a physically and sexually abusive family.
– Dr Paul Valent
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