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An Australian penned exploration of the controversial Catholic church

That Bless Me, Father is a rollicking good yarn, thriller, and ‘boy’s own adventure’ cannot be denied. But much more importantly, what drives it is the need to expose the mis-use and abuse of power in the Catholic Church - in the public sphere as well as in the lives of the innocent. The story is told from the perspective of someone whose life is torn apart by that power. Bless Me, Father is also a historical novel, with a well researched basis in fact. To begin, Zammit paints a compelling picture of life in the Southern Shire of Sydney in the fifties. The landscape, family, the beach ethos, are all there. It was a gentler time, we sometimes say. But in making his way as the son of immigrants, life for the novel's protagonist, Anthony Fabrizzi, is far from easy – or gentle. The idyllic surroundings are often a refuge and inspiration for Anthony and his friends, but often too they provide a heartbreaking contrast to the story he tells.
Fabrizzi looks back at his life from a moment of crisis, and although his is a mature voice and perspective, recounting the horrors perpetrated by the Church on innocent children -and the devastation wrecked in his life and those of his friends- the narrator lets us feel all the shame, confusion and betrayal that the children feel. He shows us the damage - with silences and few words. Indeed the silence and confusion of children abused by those who are supposed to care for and nurture them, is deftly handled. No sensationalism here, the facts alone are truly devastating. All the while - life, the good times, the music, the girls, the surf, continue as they do - alongside and shadowed by horrific childhood and adolescent secrets.
Vie of the front cover of Bless Me Father
Physical and sexual abuse, a manifestation of the misuse of power in the Church, is replaced for the adult Fabrizzi by the awareness of a different sort of abuse – political, economic and social. The perpetrators are the same; the crimes different.  

What people are saying...

Where there is great power there is great evil, and Fabrizzi is destined to “seek out the evil and expose it.” His quest to expose the machinations of the Church power-brokers makes for a page turning thriller. I feel Bless Me, Father is just the beginning of Fabrizzi’s adventures as he unmasks the dark face of Rome. There is more to know, and I want to read more from Zammit. Sequel please.” - SuzO

“This novel gripped my attention from the very beginning. I can't help but feel there is fact woven into the fiction. This thought made it all the more compelling.” - Katia Kathia

“Sometimes you start a book and wade through pages to get started With "Bless me, Father" I was caught up from the start. It is a great story ...very thought provoking.” - Bev
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