From a victim of the Stolen Generations comes a remarkable memoir of abuse, survival - and ultimately hope.
Born in country NSW in the 1940s, baby Dianne is immediately taken from her Aboriginal mother. Raised in the era of the White Australia policy, Dianne grows up believing her adoptive Irish mother, Val, is her birth mother. Val promises Dianne that one day they will take a trip and she will 'tell her a secret'. But before they get the chance, Val tragically dies.
Abandoned by her adoptive father, Dianne is raped at the age of 15, sentenced to Parramatta Girls Home and later forced to marry her rapist in order to keep her baby. She goes on to endure horrific domestic violence at the hands of different partners, alcohol addiction and cruel betrayal by those closest to her. But amazingly her fighting spirit is not extinguished.
At the age of 36, while raising six kids on her own, Dianne learns she is Aboriginal and that her great-grandfather was William Cooper, a famous Aboriginal activist. Miraculously she finds a way to forgive her traumatic past and becomes a leader in her own right, vowing to help other stolen people just like her.
'A compelling piece of storytelling. The life story of Dianne O'Brien inspires. It is a story about the power of love and staying the course.' - Linda Burney MP
Raw - Real - Reviving
This is a powerful memoir of an Aboriginal woman who shares her unbelievably traumatic and tragic life experiences- whilst exploring the effects of having her identity and connection to culture stolen from her. I was unable to stop reading once I started. I felt the pain of her story, shed some tears and enjoyed the moments of laughter. It is a powerful story of hope and resilience, with its conclusion depicting a
strong, powerful and influential Aboriginal matriarch who has led fearlessly.
This book took me 7hrs to read cover to cover, filled with many interesting characters it was Inspiring, adventurous and an insight into a time in history; Including the early indigenous civil rights movement.