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Surviving Centrepoint: My years in New Zealand's most infamous cult

Surviving Centrepoint: My years in New Zealand's most infamous cult (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By King, Rachel C.

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A powerful survivor's memoir from a former child resident of New Zealand's infamous Centrepoint Community Shortly before I turned 13, my life changed forever when my family moved to the notorious Centrepoint Community on Auckland's North Shore, then at its peak. Centrepoint was f...ounded by Bert Potter, its 'spiritual leader'. He called himself God. During my four years there I was pressured into inappropriate and often frightening situations by many of its adult members. Like so many others, I have lived with the trauma and shame of these memories, but I have survived. This is my story. In this intimate and harrowing account, Rachel Clare King tells her story of the years she spent in New Zealand's notorious commune, Centrepoint, and life there under the rule of its cult leader and founder Bert Potter. Through the eyes of her young self, Rachel exposes the truth of life at Centrepoint - a hippie dream turned nightmare - with its bizarre rules, hierarchies and social controls. It was a place where children were given drugs, where free sexuality was mandated, including between adults and children, and where to resist was actively discouraged. She describes the fear and confusion of growing up in a corrupt world where wrong was right, and the grief of losing her childhood. She takes us inside the police case and court battle against one of her abusers, and the historic action that ultimately saw Potter and others charged with drug and child sex abuse crimes, and Centrepoint shut down. Surviving Centrepoint was first published under the pseudonym Ella James. Now, for the first time, and using her real name, Rachel shares her journey from physical hurt and emotional pain to the reality of survival and the healing power of telling the truth.
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ISBN 9780143776697
Published NZ 22 Jun 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
656 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780143776697
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books (NZ)
Published 22 Jun 2021
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By King, Rachel C.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Contemporary Non-Christian & Para-Christian Cults & Sects
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 314g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Alternative Belief Systems
ONIX Text General/trade