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Like a dog furiously wagging its tail in a china shop, a young and very naive Lionel Ballard stumbles through his first teaching appointment. From the classroom to a young girl's doorstep located in the wilds of the wheat belt of Australia, Ballard collides with his past and recounts his existence in the alien landscape of younger days! His father's untimely death; his brother's amorous and reckless attitude to life; his shattering experiences in the Vietnam War and his son's battle with mental illness, reflect and mould Ballard's definition of what courage is and the purpose of what being here means to him! 'Carpe Hunc Librum' (seize this book)
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Lionel Ballard attended school in Asia and Australia. His early life was spent in British North Borneo, Singapore and Hong Kong. After the death of his father in Borneo the family returned to Australia. Ballard served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the Australian Armed Forces and on his return he attended university and obtained degrees in Arts, Education and Literature. He has taught and lectured in English, English Literature and English History, and has published a book of words and images on the Vietnam War written in English and Vietnamese with watercolours painted by his wife. Ballard cares for his son who suffers from schizophrenia, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. He is currently researching mental illness for his PhD at an Australian university and is writing a stage play which deals with the plight of carers for the mentally ill.

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