Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
All for My Children
All For My Children, Sally Faulkner
Published by Hachette New Zealand, 25 October 2016 TPBK
$39.99 RRP/ EBK $19.99 RRP
The unforgettable true story of how one Australian
mother's fairytale life fractured in the instant she kissed her kids goodbye.
On Saturday, 9 May 2015, Sally Faulkner hugged her children
as they left for a three-week holiday to Beirut with their father, Ali Elamine.
Though Sally and Ali were separated, custody of two-year-old Noah and
four-year-old Lahela had never been an issue. The kids lived with Sally in
Australia and their dad often visited from his home in Beirut. To Sally,
everything seemed fine.
Twenty-four hours after that farewell, Ali told Sally. 'The
kids aren't coming back.' It was every parent's nightmare ... and it was only
going to get worse. Exhausting every avenue she could - pleading with Ali,
using the courts, lobbying governments and contacting the media - she tried
everything. Until her children were taken from her, Sally never thought she'd
have the strength to fight so hard. But her love for Lahela and Noah left her
with no choice. Waking in a Beirut prison cell handcuffed to a 60 Minutes
television reporter, and being forced to relinquish custody in Lebanon to gain
her freedom, Sally couldn't help asking herself... how did I get here?
About The Author: The arrest of Brisbane mum Sally
Faulkner, journalist Tara Brown and a 60 Minutes news crew in Beirut was one of
the most talked-about media stories in 2016. For the first-time ever, Sally
Faulkner is telling the whole story - what led to her desperate attempt to
bring her children home.