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Home Books Non-fiction When We Remember They Call Us Liars

When We Remember They Call Us Liars


By Suzanne Covich

Growing up in the 1960s in a small rural community, Suzanne Covich is the dux of her primary school classes. But it’s what she learns at home that shapes the Ten Out of Ten Kid into the girl who won’t cry, who plays dead, whose vulnerability is disguised beneath Huck Finn bravado. The class clown who sometimes forgets to keep her big mouth shut. The girl whose father bashes her mother and crawls between his daughters’ sheets.

In this extraordinary memoir of childhood, Suzanne Covich writes in a voice as raw and compelling and alive as if she were sitting across from you with a cup of coffee, reading aloud.

ISBN: 9781921888847
Dimensions: B+ Format: 20.5x13.8cm
Pages: 184
Publication year: 2012
Publisher: Fremantle Press


About the author:

Suzanne Covich spent her early years in a large family in the country, leaving school unwillingly at 13 to work in an old people’s home. After entering university in her mid-30s as a single mother, she went on to obtain a PhD in Creative Writing at Edith Cowan University. She now works as a high school teacher and was the first Australian to win two National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEITA).

Her work has been performed on ABC Radio National and published in major Australian journals including Quadrant, Meanjin, Island, Southern Review and Northern Perspective.

She is a public speaker and child rights activist, and, in 2002, initiated and edited an anthology of student art photography and writing: A Circle in a Room Full of Squares.