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When we remember they call us liars

Written by Suzanne Covich


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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.

‘Completely uncensored, Suzanne Covich has shared her darkest memories, in a way that is so open and honest that you’re left with an overwhelming desire to save her.’ The Examiner

ISBN 9781921888847 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Book Club Reads
Pages 184
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Suzanne covich

    Suzanne Covich

    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). Her work has been performed on ABC Radio National and published in major Australian journals including Quadrant, Meanjin, Island, Southern Review and Northern Perspective. 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. Read more