Kate Shayler is the author of:
The Long Way Home: The Story of a Homes Kid
A Tuesday Thing
Burnished: Burnside Life Stories
Kate grew up in Burnside Children's Homes, Sydney, from an early age and her works reflect her experiences and those of others. They are an important addition to the dialogue regarding Australia's history in relation to the Forgotten Australians.
An autobiography of a boy born to addicted parents. His journey to institutional care, where deceit and abuse by paedophiles prevails. A poignant story of separation that leads to love but also self destruction through addiction. He fights his way back and turns his life around.
A compelling book that leaves readers in awe of the human spirit.
Would you know if your child was being groomed by a paedophile?
This is a true story.
Born into poverty and violence Ray is forced to beg for food on the streets of inner Sydney. The dark world his social worker takes him into, Sydney, Wollongong and Hunter Valley paedophile rings, is a trap for a boy without a proper home or schooling.
Winner of the 2012 Global Ebook Award for Biography, this collection of life accounts from residents of Burnside Children's Homes, Sydney, was compiled by Kate Shayler.
Burnished has also been nominated for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the Colin Roderick Prize and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2012.