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Out of the Forest

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Out of the Forest by Gregory Smith
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Gregory Peel Smith was born in Australia, and exposed to violence and alcoholism in his childhood, along with his siblings. After a period in care he and his siblings returned home, and like many children from such circumstances he became an alcoholic, unable to relate to others intimately or hold down a job, and retreated to the bush where he lived rough for many years. Eventually, after a period of psychosis and an epiphany he returned to civilisation, and commenced a course of study, culminating in successfully completing a PhD in his late 50s. His research was on the experience of some of the 500,000 adults who had experienced state care in Australia.

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For ten years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce. But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he might be Jesus. Others feared he was a more sinister figure. The truth was that he was neither miraculous nor malevolent, but he was, most certainly, gifted. And when he finally emerged from the forest, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to reclaim his real name and 'give society another chance'. Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of fourteen, has a PhD and teaches in the Social Sciences at university. His profoundly touching and uplifting memoir is at once a unique insight into how far off track a life can go and powerful reminder that we can all find our way back if we pause for a moment in the heart of the forest.

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Gregory Smith was homeless for much of his adult life. He now has a PhD in Sociology and teaches in the Social Sciences at Southern Cross University.
Release date NZ
May 28th, 2018
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Pages
352
Country of Publication
Australia
Imprint
William Heinemann Australia
Dimensions
154x233x30
ISBN-13
9780143785286
Product ID
27510120

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