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Childhood: A Memoir


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Shannon Burns is a writer, critic and academic from Adelaide. His work has appeared in the Monthly, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and the Sydney Review of Books.


'Childhood is about more than reliving trauma-it shows us how literature can offer a pathway to survival, if not redemption. Shannon Burns demonstrates how to soldier on when all hope and dignity are lost.' * Tyson Yunkaporta *
'Childhood is raw and authentic. It tells a truth that can only come from being lived.' * Justin Kurzel *
'Childhood is honest, confronting and lovely. We don't hear enough from the hearts of poor children, and rarely like this. Shannon's demonstration of the power of words is inspiring. And it reminds us all that we should never underestimate a boy with a fire inside.' * Paul Kennedy *
'Childhood reads like Gorky and Tolstoy-not nudging but shoving the reader headfirst towards hard-won epiphanies with a brutal yet transcendent urgency.' * Alice Pung *

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