Frank and funny, this memoir vividly recounts the first 17 years of the author's life in Sydney's slums and in New South Wales' countryside. Abandoned by her mother as a baby and by her volatile grandmother as a young girl, Kate Howarth was shunted between Aboriginal relatives and expected to grow up fast. It was a childhood beset by hardship, abuse, profound grief, and poverty, but buoyed with the hope that one day she would make a better life for herself and her child. Incredibly moving, this is the compelling true story of a childhood lost and a young woman's hard-won self-possession.
Kate Howarth is of Aborigine descent. She has been a factory worker, an Avon lady, a corporate executive, and a restaurateur.