Forged with Flames is Ann Fogarty’s poignant and compelling story of her experiences of the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983 and its devastating aftermath as she struggled to survive the severe burns she sustained to 75% of her body, followed by a series of life-threatening events.
These have had a profound effect on her psyche, her health and her spirit, yet the reader is repeatedly drawn to admire and be deeply inspired by her honesty and her incredible moral fortitude.
Her triumph is coming out of it scathed but by no means defeated.
Listen to Ann in conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio National
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The book is well worth buying. Great story about a mother who put her body on the line to save her children and has survived against the odds.
This is an extraordinary account of resilience and courage in the face of physical and mental trauma after the Ash Wadnesday bush fires. Ann refused to give in to the pain and suffering she endured through her prolonged recovery.
The section on her childhood in England did not engage me particularly as I did not see its relevance. Also the relationship with her husband remained very sketchy.
I was a good friend of Ann's mother-in-law and was very interested that Ann (with the help of Anne Crawford) had written a boook on her dreadful experience through the Ash Wednesday fires. I remember the anguish and concern her family had for her, and whether she would survive. She did and she has written a great book.
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st February 2013
Publisher: Wild Dingo Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.6