A Mother's Story by Rosie Batty & Bryce Corbett

A Mother's Story

By Rosie Batty & Bryce Corbett

  • Release Date: 2015-09-21
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 236 Ratings
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An updated edition of the profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia's domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty.

Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. Rosie has since become an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and mind all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year, 2015. Inspiring, heartfelt and profoundly moving, this is Rosie's story.

A percentage of royalties from sales of this book are going to the Luke Batty Foundation.

'A brave, resolute and heart-breaking tale' Sydney Morning Herald

'Every Australian should read this book' Tracey Spicer

'Just finished A Mother's Story. Loved it. Cried. Got angry. Important book, beautifully written' Juanita Phillips

'This highly emotional book ... She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger... She has moral authority and dignity ... compelling' ABR


  • Everyone should read

    By MissUrbanite
    Read this book in a day. It had me smiling at the relationship and bond these two shared and weeping with sadness at how she was so let down by the system. An absolute must read for all Australians. Rest in peace beautiful boy. Rosie, you are making him proud
  • An inspiring story

    By So you tink
    A sad story about a truly inspiring women's life long battle. A must read for men and women of all ages!
  • Not so innocent.....

    By Fukzor
    Women use the legal system against their partners to hurt their ex and use the kids like pawns.....
  • Fail

    By Shelley6148
    It seems to me to be just unseemly to make national and international prominence from the death of one's son. I'm sorry but you don't get credit for your mothering skills AFTER your child is dead. What about stories of all the mothers who have placed their own lives in danger to protect their young? That's mothering! Not an endless circuit of pity parties and empowerment movements after the fact!
  • Never underestimate the human spirit

    By Mel2610
    Congratulations to Rosie and Bryce! An amazing story that I read with a lump in my through. I can't believe that there are people like Rosie Batty in the world. Bless her xo
  • An incredible book

    By Yodeling chipmunk
    Thankyou Rosie for giving us your story. I am somewhat dumbfounded at what Rosie & Luke endured for so long by both the violence, but also the system. It's a book I couldn't put down or stop thinking about. An incredibly important read for everyone!
  • Heartbreakingly honest....

    By eileenallanah
    Heartbreakingly honest.... a brave woman, a loving mother, a much loved child, both let down by the system....
  • Emotional

    By Kayrap
    This book was very well written. I like reading about the whole life sorry of Rosie, Greg and Luke. It gave a Complete inside into what Rosie went through. You are one brace women !
  • A Mother's Story - Rosie Batty

    By Phil&Kathy
    I read this book in one day. After hearing Rosie speak at a conference, I was almost afraid to open the covers and read as I knew what a devastating story of loss and grief lay ahead. Her book illustrates the lack of support and lengthy battle she had experienced with the courts. It is frightening that an appalling and shocking event has to happen before Australians stand up and show some concern about family violence. Why are women left exposed to the person committing this crime?
  • Heart breaking and inspiring

    By Reggie 07
    A beautifully written book no Mother should ever have to write. The chronological order of the events that lead to the murder of Rosie's son Luke is well written and shows how the system let Rosie and Luke down. I hope the powers that be will listen and do something to our legal system that protects children and their Mum's from violence in the home. Good luck for the future Rosie and I hope you continue to highlight domestic violence and the consequences when nothing is done. RIP Luke