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Out of the Forest - Gregory Smith

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Published: 28th May 2018
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What makes a man turn his back on society? What makes him return?

‘The most remarkable story I’ve ever heard’ -Richard Fidler

For ten years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce.

But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he might be Jesus. Others feared he was a more sinister figure.

The truth was that he was neither miraculous nor malevolent, but he was, most certainly, gifted. And when he finally emerged from the forest, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to reclaim his real name and ‘give society another chance’.

Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of fourteen, has a PhD and teaches in the Social Sciences at university. His profoundly touching and uplifting memoir is at once a unique insight into how far off track a life can go and powerful reminder that we can all find our way back if we pause for a moment in the heart of the forest.

About the Author

Gregory Smith was homeless for much of his adult life. He now has a PhD in Sociology and teaches in the Social Sciences at Southern Cross University.

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Outstanding

5

Gritty, authentic, confronting. Must read.

Queensland

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What an inspirational person

5

Just goes to show how resilient people are and can make a difference to themselves and others. So glad he was brave enough to share his story with us.

Queensland

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Great read!

4

Loved this book.A great story of triumph over the odds. A homeless man who spent 10 years in the bush turns his life around and obtains a phD and then lectures at Uni...what a story.Gives all of us hope.

Lane Cove,Sydney

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Very interesting read

5

I found myself eager to pick this book up at the end of the day to read what happened next. Interesting read

Sydney

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Insightful and powerful

5

Out of the Forest is one of the most insightful books on the causes of homelessness that I have ever read. It is a page turner, Sad but powerful. Make sure you read it.

Melb

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Great journey

5

Gives good insight into the plot of the homeless and drug addiction. Will change your view and beliefs

Wynyard

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ISBN: 9780143785286
ISBN-10: 0143785281
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th May 2018
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.49