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I Belong to No One

is a gripping read that kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what happened next.


What I found is a very moving and excruciat-ingly painful memoir of an intelligent girl whose life is handicapped by the dead weight of past generations, by genetics, by background and status, by the social norms of the day, by the prejudices of narrow-minded people, by neglect, and by ignorance, her own and of those around her.


Gwen’s introspective commentary on the girl she was, and her dire circumstances, adds a dimension of pathos and understanding which explains why she was unable to protect either herself or her child.


This memoir exposes the hostility of certain social attitudes and the barbarity of institutional practices within living memory, which have only been exposed and improved in the last decade or two, and from which many people are still suffering acutely.”


- Irina Dunn, Director, Australian Writers Network -


“The writing is of such high quality that it was a pleasure to work on. I admire Gwen’s incredible bravery, not only in sharing her heart-rending story, but in the life, she has led. I assume it hasn’t been an easy process writing this deeply personal and emotional work … my congratulations to her for producing such an eloquent and well-crafted manuscript.”


- Jacquie Brown, copy editor of



“We are very excited to be publishing Gwen’s memoir. Her writing is very assured and the narrative is compelling. Gwen has done a remarkable job of telling her story; I’m sure readers will find it an absorbing and affecting read.”


 - Karen Ward, in-house editor for

I BELONG TO NO ONE, Hachette Australia -

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