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God's Triangle Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0085XM9IK
- Publisher : Preddon Lee Limited; 2 edition (22 May 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 742 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 152 pages
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Years later though, a singularly stubborn journalist decided to tell her story. Ian Richardson, formerly of the BBC World Service, is Florence's great-nephew. He grew up vaguely aware of something not quite right about "Aunt Florrie." Finally curiosity got the better of him and he started to research her story to find out whether it was worth telling.
Well, it was well worth telling and he tells it very well.
What you have in this book, in fact, are two stories: one, the sad, harrowing even, tale of a woman fatally let down by her church, her family, her society, and her gender, the victim of ignorance and prejudice; and two, the addictive story of how a determined journalist overcame unexpected obstacles and finally ferreted out the truth. He took on family sensitivities, ongoing prejudice and ignorance and even the courts - and won!
You find yourself rooting for him every step of the way.
It would spoil the story to reveal here the roots of the scandal and Florrie's problem; but I will say that it is to Richardson's credit that having found out the truth he doesn't stop there; but goes out in search of further ways fully to understand and explain Florrie's condition. The final section where he hears the stories of Florrie's modern day counterparts is informative and very moving.
I learned much I didn't know, and for that alone the book would have been worth reading; but following a good journalist through the ups and downs of cornering an elusive story, and through his efforts meeting sad Florrie are even better reasons to read this book.
So, do give it a try!
Florrie's story certainly deserves a wider audience, as it is gradually revealed how a congential problem combined with the sexual prudery of the age and a terror of scandal to cause a major upset in Australian Baptist mission circles, and to ruin the life of a gentle and dignified young women.
Now her great-nephew, in a sympathetic portrait, has finally put the truth on record.
The book initially explains the life of missionaries and then God's Triangle highlights an unusual and not well known female medical condition.
The reader is then left with an insight into the condition and a sadness for the sufferers.