Convent Girls. The 17 women in the book talk about their schooldays and family backgrounds. Their relationship with the church and ideas on faith. Many show an irreverent sense of humour. A sense of social justice and an ability to stand up and say their piece. Their schooling with Irish nuns includes The ‘gift of the gab’, in many cases.
In essence, the book was sparked by an article by Germaine Greer on the influence of the nuns. She wrote: ‘The nuns got hold of me when I had just turned four….and I’m really rather glad. If it hadn’t been for the nuns, I night have gone to secretarial college, had streaks put in my hair and married a stockbroker.’
Women in the book include: Amelia Batistich, Shirley Temm, Marilyn Pryor, Hana Te Hemara, Catherine Saunders, Stephanie Dowrick, Marian Hobbs, Fran Wilde, Paula Ryan, Ngahia Te Awekotuku, Christine Johnson, Therese O’Connell, Ginette McDonald, Pam Corkery, Maggie Barry, Moana Maniapoto and Christine Cheyne.
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