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his life worth living by Pat Ritter

His life worth living

Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
≈ Napoleon Hill ≈

Courage, determination, independence are some of the words to describe George Burtenshaw. His passing, aged one hundred and two years and a half truly showed inspiration with such self-determination, willpower and a ‘what he wanted attitude’ combined with a deep love for his huge family.

Born in 1911 at Newport Wales at seven years old his home destroyed by bombs at the close of World War 1. His family taken. He with his sister Lou taken to a Children’s Home. Alone with only his sister, he had no knowledge where his brothers and parents were. His life in a Children’s Home proceeded until his fifteenth birthday when he applied through Church of England, Council of Empire Settlement to go to Canada. Instead he ended up in Australia.

His arrival in Australia with four shillings to begin a new life, a job with a place to live in a new country and close to the town Gympie. His work ethics proved how important his life became. Aged eighteen years old, beginning of the Great Depression, he travelled by train to Rockhampton to seek work. Unable to find work he purchased a bicycle for seven shillings and sixpence leaving him little money. Four days riding along the beach, sleeping under a sheet of canvas returned to Kia Ora to be welcomed.

George worked for his old boss when a family arrived to share farm the property. Must had been ‘love at first sight’ because this family’s daughter Eva caught George’s eye. Eva later became his wife and they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary before she sadly passed aged ninety-six years old.

Having worked his apprecenticeship at a dairy farm he purchased a motor cycle journeyed west to find work. By 1942 World War 11 exploded across the globe. George enlisted. Before going to war he married Eva. Twelve months after leaving Australian shores for Mayala Japanese invaded Singapore. He became a Prisoner-of-War and incarcerated in Changi Prison until World War 11 ended.

He recorded a daily record in a series of war diaries. If his captors found these diaries he would have been decapitated. He concealed them in plastic and safe from the enemy. When reading this portion of the book one cannot help but wonder at the suffering and atrocities Prisoners-of-War suffered at the hands of their enemy.

After such an horrific time in his life, he returned to Australia. Eva nursed him back to health. George went on to live a life worth living.

At 10am on Thursday 13 September 2007 George attended a DEDICATION OF COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE to recognise the sacrifice and service of the members of 2/10th Australian Field Regiment 8th Division, Australian Imperial Force conducted at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra when at last he was recognised for his time as a Prisoner Of War.

George has certainly proven the words spoken by Napoleon Hill – Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. This is truly an inspirational story of survival mixed with self-determination with his life worth living.

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Siddharth Shukla the author of Beyond God’s reach

Q: what is the inspiration behind your story.
Initially I wanted to write a story based in USA with American characters, then I dropped that idea because I wasn’t familiar with the common dialect of the regions in US. So I had several thoughts about an Indian story and tried to connect all the those to finish this story. I just wanted to tell a different story because I was studying and learning how to create a story with realistic dialogues and characters.

Q: this is your first novel, right? if yes then what is the mystery
behind the very well written story?
This is my first novel, but it’s not the last. I’ve already started working on my next book and a set of short stories. Honestly this, completing my first book was not a harmonious journey. I found after finishing it, that it had so many errors. I tried my best to clean every sentence in every chapter till it looked better than before. Besides I’ve now developed a habit of writing everyday which helps in my writing skills.

Q: from where can we buy this book.
My book, both kindle ebook and paperback versions, are available from 15th May on AMAZON.IN. But before that I’m giving away free copy of the first part of my book. Folks who download the free copy from my website: are eligible for an AMAZON discount on my final book that launches on 15th May. So, 14th May would be the last day for discount eligibility.

Q: do you blog? or are you in facebook and will like to share your
social media address?
My blog:, check the ‘writing’ section. I personally don’t like facebook, but you can find all the information on my website.

Please feel free to ask my anything. And do contact me @ Mostly I use this email address.

Regards & Thanks,
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Nobody’s Home by Robert Sherriff

Please read this. Don’t run away. This book is about (“Domestic abuse”) and (‘Sexual Abuse”) Most people don’t want to talk about it? You say taboo you say “NO” too hard subject.

It entitles everyone to be brought up in a safe and secure environment, free from violence, abuse, and cruelty. It is one of the fundamental rights of anyone brought into the world by parents who should love and care for them above all else.

But for Robert Sherriff, it wasn’t like that. First behind the closed doors of an ordinary family home and then in the dark recesses of a society that was ill-equipped to deal with the trauma and suffering he experienced, Robert found that mercy was just a dream.

At the hands of a brutally violent father, his complicit mother and a society indifferent to his suffering, Robert became another statistic in the South Australia State’s role of shame, exposed to institutional abuse, rape, and murder.

In his book, Nobody’s Home, Robert tells his story in graphic detail as he literally struggles to survive a system where young children were commodities and the law turned a blind eye to unimaginable evil.
He writes about the men and the mechanisms that consumed their innocence and then discarded them to a life of shameful silence, only living freely when his father took his own life.
By speaking out, against the odds, Robert is concluding his miracle of survival and giving hope to others. if you are an abuse survivor, this book is for you. Remember, it was not your fault. you were a child innocent. You trusted everyone you did not know there was so much evil in this world who listened to your screams who listened to you crying who who-who?

I hope you put my book on your list. I feel it is important as abuse survivors to read other’s stories. We must support one another. My book is an honest look into my past. If you ever read my memoir NOBODY’S HOME please click on any of the links below.

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dead blue caterpillar by R.D. Murray

This is very hard to write, but when I was in the 3rd grade I was bullied so badly I wanted to kill myself. All because I was shy, quiet and awkward. I was thrown in the boy’s bathroom by these 3 particular kids who would punch and kick me as hard as they could. I could barely walk as everyday they would abuse me over, and over again. The other kids in school would just laugh at me and no one helped. In fact, those same kids who watched and knew about my abuse would just join in, tease me, and they even threw food at me during lunch. My mom came to school so much to fight for me, but it didn’t help. I had just about given up living in this world. Somehow God saved me and I found writing. It was an outlet to take me away from the pain I was going through in this world. I wanted to create different characters, and a different world just to escape. Writing really saved my life. Now at 42 I just released my first novel. My Dead Blue Caterpillar. I have to say I still am a bit shy so this is hard for me to ask but any support for my book would be very helpful. It’s very inexpensive and a good read. I want to thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you so much for joining me. R.D. Murray

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Dirkball by Robert Sherriff


Robert Sherriff-Australian Actor-Model-Poet- Author-Singer- Historian Photographer

Dirkbell the squirrel lives at the top of a huge oak tree near the sea, with his wife and their twin babies. Every day he scampers around the woods, collecting enough food for his family. He is friendly with the mice family who owns the bakery at the foot of the tree but when Cooper, a brown terrier who lives nearby, scares off Tom the cat, then Cooper takes matters into his own hands. Can he persuade Cooper to mend his ways? Will Tom come back if he does? It’s up to Cooper to save the day and the peace and quiet of his neighbourhood by convincing the unruly pup to value friendship and to be considerate towards others

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the giant who fell from the dark beyond the sky by Troy David Loy

Young Anjali Mehra encounters a Broogh warrior wounded in battle … What will befall the two of them from this chance meeting? A supernatural monstrosity terrifies a small boy in the dead of night … Or does it? The Mirus, demigod of extinction-level events and former slave soldier of the alien Kai’Siri, prepares for his final stand. The hungry, powerful, and ruthless Magnus makes their debut as the Mirus is beaten within an inch of his life … What is the outcome? These and other works are part of this collection, and it includes one essay featuring the gigantic, alien Broogh.

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Beyond God’s Reach by Siddharth Shukla

My name is Siddharth Shukla, I’m a writer and have been in the field of digital marketing and design, and I’ve just completed my first novel titled “Beyond God’s Reach”. As a part of a giveaway and an effort of reaching out to more readers, I’m requesting you to download the free copy of my book. Owning a copy of my ebook from my website will have you entitled to the Amazon discount on the final copy that comes out on the Amazon Kindle platform in the month of May.

The theme of this book is crime and reality, reality of the dysfunctioning of our institutions, which we are a part of. The story is about a Hindu girl who gets raped and murdered by the son of a local constable. The constable, in efforts to prevent his son from getting jailed, contacts his cousin brother who compellingly helps him in building a false case. He puts all the blame on a Muslim prisoner with extreme psychotic behavior. As this false case builds up, the politicians and the media together start to concoct a web of lies of their own. So a battle erupts between fair justice and political dominance, not knowing who’d win…

I’m sure you’ve found that premise interesting; you can know more about the story from my site.

The final version comes out on 15th May, 2019. But before that I want you to read this work of mine on which I’ve effortlessly devoted my time, in between my day job. And I’m looking forward for your support as my source of motivation and inspiration to produce more interesting stories.

Kind Regards,
Siddharth (Sid)