Forty-Four

A Tale of Survival

Graham Rundle
July 2014

RRP: A$32.95
ISBN: 9781760061777
Format: Paperback

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[Forty-Four] is Rundle’s account of terrible physical and sexual abuse during his eight years at The Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Eden Park, South Australia … perhaps the most frightening aspect of this individual account is that it is one of many. – DARIO MUJKIC

Book overview

At age seven, Graham Rundle was taken by his father for a ‘holiday’ to Eden Park, a Salvation Army boys’ home outside Adelaide. As soon as his father left, Graham was given old clothes to wear and told from now on he was known as ‘44’. The book vividly portrays what happened to Graham over the following eight years, from 1959 until 1968, living in fear of sexual abuse by the people who were supposed to care for him.

This extraordinary book contrasts the dark moments of unbelievable depravity with some of the sweetest and most innocent acts of kindness. As well as portraying life in the home, Graham writes of his taste of freedom at high school and at Indigenous camps at the Coorong, and of his time spent with his beloved, lifesaving Nana.

An extraordinary tale of resilience, determination and humour.