Fostered as a baby and placed in four state-run institutions, Michael experienced significant abuse. Kidnapped by his father, he eventually came home only to discover his mother was a violent and crazed schizophrenic who hated him. At the hands of his deranged mother Michael was beaten mercilessly. To escape her violence and neglect, Michael left home to join the Royal Australian Navy when he was just 15 years old. As a child, every day was a struggle, but Michael fought against the overwhelming odds. Showing extraordinary determination and raw courage he managed to survive the horrors of his early years. Eventually rising above it all, Michael went on to university where he was the recipient of both PhD and prestigious Medicine scholarships.
Journey with Michael from heartache to happiness, from tragedy to triumph. Smile at his clowning and mischievous antics and be inspired by the inimitable way he survived an obliterated and lost childhood.
‘It has been a long time since I was so moved when reading a book. I have been humbled by Michael’s honesty and inspired by his determination and raw courage. Michael is an Australian we are proud of and we are honoured to have him living among us.’
The Honourable Joanna Gash. Federal member for Gilmore.
‘Michael’s story is one of hope and courage. The simple, beautiful prose intersperses tragedy and suffering with humour and resilience, and is a delightful work of profound significance.’
Shelley Hancock. Member for South Coast, NSW and Speaker; Legislative Assembly.
‘I commend Journey of Hope to you for all its rawness, emotion and importantly, awakening.’
Jeff Kennett. AC. Director, Beyond Blue.
‘I was deeply moved when reading Journey of Hope. I congratulate the author on his honesty and strength – it will give real hope to many people.’
Senator Claire Moore. Labor Senator for Queensland.
‘Brilliant and uplifting…a true account of an incredibly brave man’s journey.’
Karen Chapman. Clinical Psychologist.
‘An inspirational story. The author is only halfway through his life and one wonders where his attributes of resilience, determination and stamina will take him. The next instalment will be eagerly awaited.’
Dr James Heiner. Psychiatrist.