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Staunch: Ward of the State  : Based on a true story  - Ginger Briggs

Staunch: Ward of the State

Based on a true story

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During the 20th century, over 500,000 Australian children were raised in institutional or out-of-home care. Tragically, many were abused - physically, emotionally and sexually.

Staunch is the story of one boy's life as a Forgotten Australian, and the legacy he left behind. Andy's life began with difficulty - given up at birth, his adoptive father was a violent drunk, his adoptive mother a depressive. He became a ward of the state, and spent his entire adolescence in institutions and foster homes. These were unhappy years, full of confusion, fear and abuse. It wasn't until he met the kind-hearted Miriam that Andy found a parent figure he could trust, and the hope of happiness that had eluded him throughout childhood.

Ginger Briggs brings to life this true story with raw honesty and emotional depth. Staunch is a poignant portrayal of Andy and his friendship with Miriam. It also reveals the heroism of the many thousands who have survived harrowing experiences as Forgotten Australians.

About the Author

Ginger Briggs is a Melbourne writer. Her work has been published in various national newspapers and magazines, and she gives writing workshops to judicial officers, lawyers and professionals.


eye opening


this book is such a sad story,knowing some-one went through what andy did,this book is a must read SERVICE/DELIVERY COMMENTS out-standing as always




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ISBN: 9780980374636
ISBN-10: 0980374634
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st August 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1