Author(s): Jack Mercer
In the spirit of A B Facey's 'A Fortunate Life', Jack Mercer's 'Hard Times' is the true story of the author's amazing adventures. In 1911, growing up in an Ararat pub, he faces the terror of a violent stepfather and a mother who barely acknowledges his existence. But one thing keeps him sane: a plan to run. And once he starts running a page turning story begins.