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PHENOMENA: THE LOST AND FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: The Lost and Forgotten Children of New Zealand's Early Mental Health System - MALCOLM'S story. by [Tarr, Susan]

PHENOMENA: THE LOST AND FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: The Lost and Forgotten Children of New Zealand's Early Mental Health System - MALCOLM'S story. Kindle Edition

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My name is Malcolm. I used to think it was MmmMalcolm. I used to stutter back then, back when Mummy died and everything changed. Now I don’t stutter.
This is my story.
I always wanted regular boys’ shoes. Brown. Mine were always black boots, and one boot was made especially for my gimpy leg. Now I have regular men's shoes. Brown.
I have learned to talk again and to write. I used to. When I was at school. When I was ‘bright’. I remember that as clear as the day I fell into the goldfish pond. I was showing Julie the goldfish.
One day something bad happened. Then it went dark. And I was back in the mental hospital up the hill from the little railway station where my father and Bella left me. I don’t know why I ended up back there. I thought I would live forever in the little house with my new friends.
Funny things happened there, at the mental hospital, like when they buried all those cats, or like when they shaved everyone’s heads. Some things were funny for a while, and then they weren’t.
I learned to be quiet and watch everyone and everything. I learned to keep my memories safe. If I lost them, would I become like the others? I kept my memories as safe as the little colored pills in my jacket lining. I needed my memories of Mummy and Julie to give me hope…
This is my story.

This is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
Although this is Malcolm's story, as I remember it, there is by necessity a fictional element.

About the Author

Author Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, and she often draws from the diaries she wrote during her international travels. She lived in Kenya, East Africa, where she raised her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples' stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. Susan says, "As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn't imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will." "I am passionate about my writing," she says. "I usually have three books on the go at any one time."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534872426
  • Publisher: Junction Publishing (19 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZ3YI9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,39,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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