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Seacliff: A Regular Boy Within

Seacliff: A Regular Boy Within
 

"When his mother died, Malcolm at six years old became one of the 'lost' children of that time, those forgotten or abandoned by their families. His young life was spent in the SEACLIFF MENTAL HOSPITAL, situated north of Dunedin, where he grew up mirroring many of the mannerisms o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927215319
Barcode 9781927215319
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9781534872424
Published 22 March 2013 by Oceanbooks Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Tarr, Susan
Illustrated by Tarr, Michael
Illustrated by Lund, Anna

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ISBN-13 9781927215319
ISBN-10 1927215315
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Oceanbooks Ltd
Imprint Oceanbooks Ltd
Publication Date 22 March 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Tarr, Susan
Illustrated by Tarr, Michael
Illustrated by Lund, Anna
Category Fiction
Historical Fiction
Care Of The Mentally Ill
Psychology
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 210mm
Weight 550g
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

1926-54. When his mother died, Malcolm, at 6 years old, became one of the 'lost' children, those forgotten or abandoned by their families. He grew up mirroring many of the mannerisms of the other children, while knowing he was different from them. His young life was spent in SEACLIFF MENTAL HOSPITAL. Malcolm's story is of immeasurable sadness, when considering the tragedy and abuse of his wasted earlier life, and yet, with an admirable strength, courage and innate resilience, he ultimately rose above it all, and was able to 'free the regular boy within' as he had always wanted

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review "In Tarr's moving story of one boy's journey through Seacliff's
version of New Zealand insane asylums, with all its tragi-comic
consequences, many unasked questions about why large
psychiatric institutions have now been closed are answered. This
gripping gothic tale, told and retold then assembled into an
integrated and compelling story is a must-read for those touched
by institutionalisation."
Dr Tannis Laidlaw, Psychologist
Author of PUMPKIN EATER and BYE BABY BUNTIN

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Author's Bio

Susan Tarr was raised in the community of Seacliff Village during the 50s. Young patients from the Seacliff Psychiatric Hospital often attended her little primary school. Once they turned fifteen the children worked up at the hospital helping in the canteen, laundry, wards or Occupational Therapy. Most of her family worked at the hospital at some time. From a young age, they absorbed stories; it was difficult to know where the truth ended and fiction took over. To separate the two at this stage would be an impossible task as many have died, so Tarr has blended various stories in this narrative based on her family's and friends' combined belief of what probably did happen during the period this narrative covers. Where possible she has used correct dates, places and names. Where there is doubt, in her mind, she has changed the names and details to protect those still living. As a child, she knew Malcolm, who was a young man by then, since her father often invited him home for meals. He was one of the 'lost' children, those forgotten or abandoned by their families. Tarr followed his story from childhood to adulthood even after he was discharged back into the community. Malcolm's story is of immeasurable sadness, when considering the tragedy and abuse of his wasted earlier life, and yet, with an admirable strength, courage and innate resilience, he ultimately rose above it all, and was able to free the regular boy within.

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