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So I Hit Him

Surviving life as an institutionalised alien

(11 customer reviews)
01/Jul/2013
300
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9781922132284
$29.99

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So I Hit Him is an extremely powerful memoir that will shock many people, yet is intensely inspirational. Born in a former workhouse hospital in Manchester, England with multiple disabilities and not expected to survive, Michael was placed in care almost from birth. By the time he was 17, he had been placed in over 30 institutions and had suffered every manner of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. His Asperger’s became the key to his survival in a hostile world, enabling him to endure punishment, deprivation and emotional conflict. His rage and frustration had created a man who used violence to deal with most situations in life. Readers: be prepared to suspend judgment as you read an inspirational story.

Michael’s strong will to live and learn enabled him to survive not only his time in care, but also his forced migration, as a child, to Australia, and his later alcohol addiction. It also enabled him to finally succeed in his ultimate goals of getting an education and helping youth in trouble.

So I Hit Him is the compelling story of a man who, despite all odds being against him, still says he has had a lucky life.We look forward to seeing many more students here “do a Whatham” – by achieving something that is way beyond what their circumstances and other people’s expectations would normally limit them to” Robert Stephenson FCPA – Acting Director, Bendigo Campus – La Trobe University

11 reviews for So I Hit Him

  1. “We look forward to seeing many more students here do a Whatham – by achieving something that is way beyond what their circumstances and other people’s expectations would normally limit them to” At the launch of Mick Whathams book So I Hit Him – Robert Stephenson, Acting Director of La Trobe University introduced new term for learning thanks to Mick! In his speech he said, “The launch of Michael Whatham’s book provided our campus community with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a truly remarkable man, and bask for a moment in the reflected glory as he acknowledged the role that our staff had played in the later, more positive, part of his journey so far. I would sincerely like to thank Big Sky Publishing for providing the opportunity for Mick’s important story to be told. Shining a light into dark places certainly helps to chase away the rats, but sometimes it also allows us to find a bright gem waiting to be discovered. I think that is what we have in Mick – a man who has triumphed over circumstances and other people’s expectations! Again, thank you all so much for providing the opportunity for Mick’s important story to be told! So I Hit Him by Mick is available now in all good bookstores, online and also in Ebook format world wide.

  2. “So I Hit Him” is one of the most inspirational stories you will ever read. Mick Whatham’s courage and resilience in the face of impossible odds almost defies belief and shows us we can never underestimate the power of the human spirit. Thanks Mick.

  3. I believe this book should be read by all who deal with children. It gives a real insight in to the mind of a child, the pain and anguish of feelings and frustrations that can’t always be expressed -the cruelty of some adults and children alike in dealing with others perceived as less able than themselves. Through his book, Mick Whatham demonstrates how a determined and persistent person (with the support of caring adults) can overcome significant hurdles faced life.

  4. A book which documents the extremely difficult childhood of a boy whose disabilities were misunderstood and disregarded, and follows his life through to education and functionality in his adopted country, Australia. Very sad but also very inspiring. Highly recommended. (There is some language in this book.)

  5. Why isn’t there an inquiry into how mick was deported and put into the army and who else suffered this fate and why there isn’t any redress?

  6. REVEALING I believe this book should be read by all who deal with children. It gives a real insight in to the mind of a child, the pain and anguish of feelings and frustrations that can’t always be expressed -the cruelty of some adults and children alike in dealing with others perceived as less able than themselves. Through his book, Mick Whatham demonstrates how a determined and persistent person (with the support of caring adults) can overcome significant hurdles faced life.

  7. A powerful memoir
    So I Hit Him is a powerful memoir of growing up in foster care and institutions. Whatham is writing at the age of 60, reflecting on his journey through life. He begins in Manchester, England, on the day of his birth in June 1952. He was told that his mother died during childbirth – with him and his twin brother – and that his father walked out of the hospital, never to be seen again. ‘I know now this to be a lie.’

    His parents had other children: Joyce (1948) – still living, Jeanette (1950) who died just before her third birthday, Kenneth (1951) who died a month after birth, and the twins (1952). He learned that his mother, Evelyn, died in 1953 when she was 28 years old. And he learned that he had a twin later in life.

    Mick (Michael) was born with Ausperger’s syndrome and cerebral palsy, having to wear calipers on his legs to enable him to walk. By the age of 17 he had been placed in more than 30 institutions. But it was his foster family, the Daintys, that he thinks of most, especially Mrs. Dainty: ‘her knowledge, care, love, and common sense were to shape my life in many ways.’

    He recounts his years of frustration and rage – against those who bullied him, against his own inadequacies, and against the system. But this is not a memoir seeking sympathy, nor is it recounted with bitterness.

    Writing from Australia, where he now lives, he was involved in the 2001 Australian Senate Hearing into Child Migration, and was conducting his doctoral research into Youth-at-Risk at the time of writing the memoir. This is a book about persistence, determination, and resilience. Presenting a factual account – with dates and footnotes – he shines a light on the effects of institutionalisation, the cruelty of parents, school children, and strangers, and the love and understanding of those that nurtured him. He regards himself as lucky – for if he had been reared by his birth parents, he believes he would surely have led a disadvantaged life – or a short one.

  8. So I Hit Him is the compelling story of a man who, despite all odds being against him, still says he has had a lucky life.We look forward to seeing many more students here “do a Whatham” – by achieving something that is way beyond what their circumstances and other people’s expectations would normally limit them to” Robert Stephenson FCPA – Acting Director, Bendigo Campus – La Trobe University

  9. This is hands down the BEST book I have ever read!!! I would give it 10 out of 5 if I could! – Christy, Amazon

  10. 5 Stars – Julia Birch, Amazon

  11. Powerful – Cheryl, Amazon

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