Marion Clark, a retired Psychotherapist and Counsellor, has written a book that is broad in scope and rich in experience.
As a lonely only child of parents with deprived backgrounds, Marion's early years were lived in a frugal environment which was impinged upon by a grandmother who was addicted to medically prescribed morphine to keep her restrained.
The outcome is not what might be expected from such humble beginnings. Her story includes extensive travel in the media spotlight during her pre-teen years and later, the loss of her beloved father at sixteen, retreat into the world of Christian Fundamentalism, a portfolio of investment properties, marriage and family, adult post-graduate education and a satisfying career.
The result leaves Marion with a new version of herself. What she writes is distinctive - as well as using her life experience to reflect upon her story, as is the case with memoirs generally, she also draws upon her knowledge of psychological literature together with 20 years experience practising her profession.
'Writing a Memoir is one of the best things that I have ever done for myself. I learned more about my life than I could have imagined by revealing regrets and mistakes, as well as reliving good times. And, best of all I am now able to cherish, in a new way, some of my achievements'.