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A profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia's domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty.

Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son, Luke, and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. She believes the killing was Greg's final act of control over her.

Since the events of last February, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and minds all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness.

In the wake of the tragedy, Rosie's advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence, with the Victorian Labor government establishing Australia's first royal commission into family violence and committing a further $30 million over four years to protect women and children at high risk of family violence. Then Victorian police commissioner Ken Lay called it 'the Rosie Batty factor'. In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year 2015.

Inspiring, heartfelt and profoundly moving, this is Rosie's story.

©2015 Rosie Batty (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • Clark Kent
  • 01-20-17

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  • jan
  • 07-09-16

very informative

A very moving story . so sad that with the right help and support Luke might not have been murdered by his father. Audibles comment at the end 'hope you have enjoyed this book' I found totally inappropriate they should have said 'hope you have found this book informative' or something along those lines .

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  • katwoman73
  • 05-21-17

Remarkable

Rosie is an inspiring woman, her story is painful and remarkable and very eye opening.

Hopefully the awareness that Rosie has raised for family violence has made a difference in the treatment of the victims. I listened on in horror to some of the things Rosie and Luke had to endure as a result of an underfunded & broken system.

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  • Carmen Huszar
  • 05-21-17

A must to read!

Would you listen to A Mother's Story again? Why?

Absolutely would listen to this story again. Heartbreaking, but admirable.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator was actually the author!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Just listening to the strength and resolve of Rosie.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me cry a few times, and at the same time all I wanted to do was hug Rosie.

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Reminded me of the fragility of life, but also the strength of certain people. Outstanding story - and so sad that it's actually true!

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  • Natasha
  • 10-09-16

A very touching story as read by the author

As this is very real story, it was even more touching and real to be told by the author.

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  • Sonya
  • 07-03-16

inspiring and educating

thank you for sharing your story, Rosie. It was sad to read the long and frustrating story that led to that terrible day when Luke was killed. Already an inspiration on change in relation to domestic violence, this book clearly shows the lengths people go to control, and amount of gaps in the system to protect children and seek the right support for those involved.

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  • Carmel
  • 07-17-18

A story for us all

To hear Rosie read her own story, once again demonstrates the wonderful gift she is to us all and why she was honoured as Australian of the year.

Statistics say we do know someone who is or has been affected. Hopefully armed with the insights Rosie affords us, we can ask the hard questions and help someone in need.

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  • EarthDweller
  • 02-14-18

Heartbreakingly true. ***triggers***

I began this book in the car. I wouldn’t recommend perhaps the first couple, and last few chapters that way.
The real story of someone facing family violence, the belief we have in legal and enforcement systems that so often let us down.
The joy we have as mothers and the small intimacies that make each day worthwhile. The things we remember on days when they are difficult and distant. Our need to protect our children and yet so often we are told of a need to ‘calm down’.
I didn’t buy this book originally because it was so confronting, given personal experiences.
Thank you Rosie and Luke, for sharing your lives with us. xxx

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  • Rowena Bennett
  • 11-01-17

Achingly sad.

Thank you for sharing yours and Luke's story 💖
A b c d e f g

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  • Natalie
  • 07-27-17

Amazing woman

It's so sad that Rosie had to endure such a tragedy to get her platform. She has done amazing things since & i'm sure will continue to do so.
Great book, especially since it is narrated by the author.