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Rebel with a Cause

By Ray Avery | Paperback | 3 Review(s)

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Bestselling memoir of a true Kiwi hero whose can-do attitude is changing lives in the third world. Sir Ray Avery's story from childhood neglect to scientist, leader and philapthropist is riveting. He was the inaugural Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and the recipient of the Sir Peter... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
06 Aug 2010
Author(s)
Ray Avery
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869793913
Dimensions
155mm x 235mm x 22mm
Pages
272
Format
Paperback
Release Date
06 Aug 2010
Author(s)
Ray Avery
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869793913
Dimensions
155mm x 235mm x 22mm
Pages
272

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By rights, Ray Avery should be dead or in prison. He grew up in an appallingly abusive family until he was made a ward of the court at the age of nine. From there he was in and out of orphanages and foster homes, desperately trying to evade murderous bullies and paedophiles, until he ran away for the last time to live under a railway bridge. There he developed his extraordinary gifts for invention, money making and self learning which were the foundations for the work he does today as a philanthropic scientist. It’s one of those books where you’re constantly reading out passages to other people because his story is so utterly extraordinary. A remarkable story from one’s of life’s great achievers. We’re just very lucky Ray Avery washed up on these shores. Highly recommended. Suitable for mature audiences. Sexual and scatological references.

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touching
07 Sep 2010 17:14:44 | on acc

spectacular!
07 Sep 2010 17:47:30 | Kim Lynch

Have not read it yet but am very intrigued and looking forward to having a look. Is on my to buy list
07 Sep 2010 18:56:09 | sam crawshaw

What an absolute inspiration this fine man is. I have heard so much about him and I am eager to read his story direct from the horse's mouth, so to speak!
07 Sep 2010 19:18:15 | Millie Thomas

This book sounds really interesting. I think my husband would like it too. His birthday is coming up soon....... perfect!
07 Sep 2010 20:13:42 | Sharon Te Whatu

A truly inspiring story, showing that life is ultimately about the choices we make ourselves and not fate or the hand we are dealt.
08 Sep 2010 08:45:12 | John Power

Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds intriguing
08 Sep 2010 10:17:53 | Shona Newman

My husband was given this book for Fathers' Day and as Kerre mentions he is enjoying it so much he constantly shares extracts with me. It sounds inspirational how someone who had such a shocking start in life could achieve so much as an adult.I am urging my husband to reach the last page so I can read it for myself. Elsa Collecutt
09 Sep 2010 15:07:47 | Elsa Collecutt

Wow this sounds like a great read to prove that you truly can rise above your past!
09 Sep 2010 15:27:11 | MARY RAIKES

Can't wait to get my hands on this. It's always inspiring to see stories about people who have excelled in life despite great odds!
16 Sep 2010 14:48:07 | Amy Cooper

Inspiring ,amazing what a person can do when they set there mind to it.Would be a book worth reading and owning.
10 Oct 2010 11:23:09 | Linda Hammond

I really enjoyed reading about this amazing guy. How he started out with nothing and has gone on to do so much for others. Great book. Great guy !
13 Dec 2010 21:15:54 | Peggy Fittes

I would be very interested to read this book (its on my wishlist). He sounds like a fascinating man.
14 Dec 2010 06:21:53 | Vicky Marshall

Kerre's review encourages me to buy this book as an extra present for my partner for christmas
14 Dec 2010 08:50:39 | Diane Barbara

Have bought this book at Paper Plus after reading Kerre's review and will indulge these holidays
14 Dec 2010 11:25:16 | Liz Driver

Inspirational man...
10 Mar 2011 18:04:42 | Tracey Pinny

This is THE most inspiring book I have read. I can't wait to meet Ray Avery at the Masterton branch later this month. Everyone MUST read it. I'll be giving it to all my friends and family for Christmas.
21 Apr 2011 11:50:42 | Alexandra Barton

Ray Avery's story is nothing short of inspirational. What a great man. Here's someone who had one of the worst possible upbringings, was living under a bridge at 13 and yet has come so far. As someone who writes Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a living, I applauded his belief that, with a good SOP you can do anything (even eat an elephant). Highly recommended read for everyone.
29 Jul 2011 06:42:47 | Niki Bailey

This book is still predominantly displayed in PaperPlus and rightly so, I read it and from the first chapter I was hooked and just had to keep asking "what next for this man?" Ray Avery is far more remarkable than most of us realise and his award very justified. Have loaned my copy out to several people and it has been a unanimous response that the man and his story are the best read and enlightenment experienced for a long time.
31 Aug 2011 19:37:01 | Claire Walkinshaw

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Bestselling memoir of a true Kiwi hero whose can-do attitude is changing lives in the third world.

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09 Jun 2012
By Frances Lowery
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Inspiring!

I love this book, and would recommend it to anyone! It is absorbing, moving and really inspiring. Read it, and then lend it to your family and friends so they can too! So glad Ray was blessed with NZ, and NZ was blessed with Ray!

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