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The Last Great Day by [Mitchell, Benjamin Grant]
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The year is 1969. Henry Conroy is a minister in an American doomsday cult based in England. Becoming a father for the first time, Henry moves his family home to Australia where his wife Elizabeth is reunited with her parents and pregnant, sickly sister.

When as a result of their beliefs the family suffer a series of avoidable tragedies, Henry begins to question the true character of his leader. Elizabeth, however, driven by grief and guilt holds ever tight to her faith and, even after a harrowing encounter with the man she and her husband once so revered, refuses to face the shocking truth.

Disheartened by failed prophecies, and impelled by disturbing rumours of sexual abuse, a defiant Henry relocates the family to church headquarters in California, where he faces an agonizing choice between continuing to live a lie and the possibility of losing his family forever.

About the Author

CHILDHOOD IN DOOMSDAY CULT INSPIRES NOVEL Benjamin Grant Mitchell is a writer from Melbourne and the author of The Last Great Day, a new novel inspired by his first ten years growing up in a corrupt American sect. Mitchell was born in England to Australian parents who were members of an American doomsday cult; his mother a former farm-girl from Queensland, and his father a newly ordained minister, both naive to the abuse and corruption of their chosen religion. In this birth setting, in a cottage outside Manchester, Mitchell begins a story of a family's journey to freedom: from Manchester to Melbourne, via Perth, Sydney, and cult headquarters in Los Angeles. Discussing what led to his writing what he describes as an 'autobiographical novel', Mitchell is candid about the inspiration behind The Last Great Day. "It wasn't until we left the cult, on the eve of my tenth birthday, when I started to understand it wasn't everybody else who was weird, and it was actually me and my family who had had the somewhat unique experience. In my twenties, I began to reflect more on how my baby twin brothers and Aunty all died unnecessarily-due to the cult's ban on seeking medical assistance-and it occurred to me some of my early experiences might have the makings of a pretty good story." Before writing his first novel, Mitchell wrote and staged three plays, recorded and performed music as a singer-songwriter, and acted on stage and screen, appearing on TV in millions of homes around the world on Neighbours (the Australian soap opera which launched Russell Crowe-among many others-to the world). Mitchell lived in London for six years before returning to Australia and releasing The Stars Can See in 2006, his critically acclaimed lo-fi/alt-country album ("Mitchell has a strong voice that adapts well to a number of styles, but it's his song-writing skills that put him in a league above." AMERICANA UK). Reviews for Mitchell's first novel have been excellent. Initially published independently in Australia (April 2011) The Last Great Day has been described as "An amazing story filled with tragedy, hope and courage," "a gripping novel" and by INPRESS MAGAZINE as "a compelling tale of faith and family." "The Last Great Day has its fair share of tragedy," says Mitchell, "but it's not all doom and gloom. I think it's safe to say-without spoiling my story-in the end the world doesn't end." The Last Great Day is available NOW.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Grant Mitchell; 1 edition (29 March 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UGM5JE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,276,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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