I’ll Have you Home by Christmas by June Allen (Large Print)


A story of emotional survival

‘I’ll have you Home by Christmas’ … so very sad….I had forgotten how draconian the rules and outlooks were in the 1970’s . There seemed to be no empathy or compassion for those in dire straits and it “blew me away” that one thoughtless and selfish action could start such a litany of disasters!! G.H. (NSW Australia)

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A decade in the author’s life when she struggled to find a home for herself and her three children. It was the early 1970’s and she encountered a great deal of social and financial discrimination. She’d left a marriage where she suffered from emotional battering, and lost her eldest son for over a year. Medical authorities said she should be put away. Child welfare authorities said they knew best how to look after her children. It was an uphill battle but June Allen won out; she abducted her children from the state welfare system.


I can’t keep my head out of your book!! Thank you so much. Golly what a life you have had. Good on you for persevering. I think once your children read about your life they will understand all you had to do to keep them by your side. L.R. (Central Otago)

Started reading your book this morning. It is indeed a heart breaking story. R.R. (Waikato)

Thank you for a great book that touches on many women’s stories. P.H. (North Shore)

What dreadful hardship you endured and for so long. G.B. (Auckland)

It’s compelling reading. You have a very interesting and honest writing style and it certainly was heartbreaking to see the lack of support, the effect of being institutionalised, and the pain of being separated from your children had on you. K.P. (Far North)

It is a story that needs to be told and to as wide an audience as possible. J.B. (Auckland East)

.. a celebration of how we as women are ‘overcomers’. Our love for our families vindicates any shortcomings we may have had. Thank you so much for your courage and sharing. How utterly refreshing. R.P. (North Shore)

I have just begun reading your book and can’t put it down without setting the timer to stop me and go do things I have to do. K.B. (North Shore)

It is a very brave story and it took great courage to put it down in writing. (W.S. Coromandel Peninsula)

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