Shirley Painter is 83 years old. She shouldn't be. When she was four years old she was so badly injured she was pronounced dead and taken to the morgue. The man who so severely injured her was her father. Told in the third person, this is the story of how a young girl survived growing up in a volatile household in the 1920s and 1930s. How school and later university became her escape route from a family filled with secrets and violence. It is also a story of how, as a mature woman and a mother herself, she came to face what had happened to her as a child. How she had to bring long-buried memories into the light in order to move on.
Shirley Painter was born 83 years ago and retains a sharp intelligence and quick sense of humour. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Melbourne University in the 1930s and for many years was a teacher at the prestigious St Catherine's School.
She lives in Victoria.