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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.
I sat up until 3.00 am as I could not put it down.
I saw the author as a keynote speaker and was intrigued by his story and wanted to know more. There were moments in the book that reduced me to tears. I read it in one session until I finished it. I could not put it down.
A must read
Every now and then a story comes along that impacts you, that changes you, that makes you think, ponder, contemplate and grow.
This is one of the those stories.
As someone who too left school at the exact age of 14 years and 9 months ( I still remember the yellow form that was signed to excuse me ), I see some similarities between my own life, and that of Gregory.
Where we depart however, is in the extremes that define us and it those extremes that make Gregory's story almost unbelievable, such is the shift in his life.
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who has questions about life, themselves, the world around them, and their place in amongst it all. It is a book that shows the value and importance of goal setting, of determination and dogged perseverance.
A true inspiration.
This is an awesome book. An amazing story of resilience. Helped me understand homelessness a bit better.
Gritty, authentic, confronting. Must read.
What an inspirational person
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.
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.
Very interesting read
I found myself eager to pick this book up at the end of the day to read what happened next. Interesting read
Insightful and powerful
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.
Gives good insight into the plot of the homeless and drug addiction. Will change your view and beliefs
ISBN: 9780143785286 ISBN-10: 0143785281 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 28th May 2018 Publisher: Random House Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.45