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Showing Rating details. Sort order. Sep 08, Sheree rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-biography , reviews , aussie-author , read-in This was John Fingleton's impetus for telling the untold story of his father Harold's early life, hopefully providing some counterbalance to Harold's portrayal in Swimming Upstream.

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Harold Fingleton's childhood is a pitifully sad account; after years of abuse at the hands of his mother, Maggie, 3. Harold Fingleton's childhood is a pitifully sad account; after years of abuse at the hands of his mother, Maggie, Harold is taken into state care at the age of ten where he endures further neglect, hunger, harsh discipline and abuse. My heart broke for Harold during his brief release from St Vincent Orphanage on Christmas Eve ; at 1am on Christmas morning his mother was arrested for drunkeness and foul language and sent to Boggo Road Gaol, dashing Harold's hopes of a 'family' Christmas and a new beginning.

Elation quickly turned to resignation and bitterness as Harold was returned to the orphanage on Christmas day.


He was released as a ward at the age of I was caught up in Surviving Maggie, not only in the emotion of Harold's dreadful childhood but being a local Brisbane-ite many of the locations and points of interest mentioned are familiar to me. Surviving Maggie gives readers an understanding of how Harold's early life molded the man he became, you learn not only of his faults, flaws and weaknesses but of his strengths, loyalties and love. John doesn't excuse his father's behaviour but as the story moves into Harold's adult years much of the emotion seems to be lost in the somewhat stark recounting of facts and circumstances that shape the man.

Despite his attempt to set the record straight on the previous one-sided depiction of Harold, John doesn't sugarcoat his father's alcoholism or the impact on his family. Through police reports, government records, his Aunt Mollie, his mother Dora, family and friends, a son pieces together a harrowing story of the father he loved with all his heart. Enter your Postcode or Suburb to view availability and delivery times.

See Terms for more information. From abused child to rebellious orphan, larrikin street fighter to gifted sportsman, prisoner to alcoholic, from unlikely role model to a group of strret kids to murder suspect and finally a man transformed by the love of a strong woman, determined his children would have the opportunities he never had, Harold Fingleton's herartbreaking and powerful story will stay with you long after the last page.

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