A clean unmarked copy as new. Just a small crease on the front cover and slight shelf wear showing. 169 pages illustrated throughout. Bookseller Inventory # TSB4777
Title: Back on the Block – Bill Simon’s Story
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press – Austalia
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition
Bold and inspiring, this insider’s story recalls the life of a stolen child who grew up to be an angry, addicted young man, only to eventually undergo a life-changing transformation into a compassionate pastor. Beaten, deprived of his freedom, and used as child labor, Bill Simon’s abnormal childhood led to two decades of self-abuse and crime, of which this volume recounts many painful memories: of his mother telling him that she didn’t want him and that he was “the scum of the earth,” and of being locked up in the notorious Kinchela Boys Home for eight years. With humanity and hope, however, the chronicle shows how Bill turned his poisoned life around and now helps members of the Stolen Generations discover their voice, find their place, and put their pain to rest. From his home on the Block in Sydney’s Redfern one of the most contentious and misunderstood places in Australia Bill Simon tells the truth about life in one of Australia’s most notoriously abusive juvenile institutions and offers important insight into the brutality of the government’s policy of assimilation.
About the Author:
Bill Simon is a pastor who works on the Block in Sydney’s Redfern, assisting Aboriginal people and particularly fellow members of the Stolen Generations. Des Montgomerie has worked with Indigenous outback communities and has also recorded many interviews with members of the Stolen Generations. Jo Tuscano has worked in education and multicultural community programs for many years and has an MA in creative writing.