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Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally best-selling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came into his life half a world away in Tasmania is every bit as riveting.

In this uplifting and deeply personal book Sue reveals for the first time her own traumatic childhood. The daughter of a violent alcoholic whose business gambles left her family destitute, she grew up in geographic and emotional isolation. 

When Sue married and broke free of her father she was determined to also sever the cycle of despair and made the selfless decision not to have a biological child. Instead, inspired by a vision she'd had as a young girl, she chose to adopt two children in need - Saroo and Mantosh. Little did she imagine that 25 years later she would be portrayed on screen by another Australian mother who chose to adopt - Nicole Kidman.

Moving and inspiring, Lioness explores the myth of motherhood, how families are formed in many ways, and how love and perseverance can bring us together.

©2020 Sue Brierley (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Great Listen!

Loved it! Felt like the narrator was Sue herself! Very emotive and strong delivery of this incredible story!

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Powerful, Healing & informative

Enjoyed the story, felt educated & appreciate Sue sharing her's & John's journey & gained much insight into adoption. The gift received having Saroo & Mantosh came into their lives.
Enlightening of Saroo's story too.

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Powerful story of a mother's love.

Sue is an amazing mother. Saroo is an incredible man. Emotional, beautiful, heart breaking story.

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A wonderful insight

This book fills the gaps I didn't realise were left by the movie. Excellent.

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Interesting story

We listened to this book for book club.
Overall we all enjoyed the story - it was interesting hearing about Sue's Brierley's journey as well as Mantosh, giving us a better understanding of their roles in Saroo's story. We all felt that it could've been edited to improve grammar. Some parts of the book felt a little drawn out, where others I would've loved more detail. Overall, interesting read however, felt editing let it down.

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