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For this assessment you are to read and review the book ‘A Mother’s Story’, written by Rosie Batty (Batty, R with Corbett, B, 2015 A Mother’s Story, Harper Collins).
In this book Rosie Batty shares her experiences of family violence, challenging the hidden nature of this problem and highlighting the shame and stigma that are often borne by the victims. Rosie’s personal recount provides profound and critical insight into the complex and multifaceted issue of family violence and reinforces the message that family violence is a social issue and thus its prevention is a social responsibility.
For this book review, students are required to make connections between Rosie Batty’s personal experience of family violence and how these themes are discussed and explained in the literature. The book review will have an introduction, discussion paragraphs, a conclusion and a reference list. Students need to support their points and observations with evidence from scholarly and primary resources.
Below are:

Guiding questions to think about when reading the book
Themes to consider when planning your Book Review
A suggested structure for your Book Review


Guiding questions to think about when you are reading ‘A Mother’s Story’:


What was Rosie Batty’s experience with family violence?
Why did she write this book?
What do you think she hoped to achieve by sharing her story with the world?
Critically discuss 3 key themes, centering on family violence, which are discussed and analysed, throughout the book.
Critically discuss the implications of the ways in which family violence in Australia portrayed as a ‘personal matter’ and a ‘social issue’ in Rosie Batty’s story.

When answering these questions, you may cite particular events, quotes or extracts from the book that illustrate or are connected to the theories and ideas in the literature you have been studying for this unit.

Themes to consider in connecting ‘A Mother’s Story’ to the literature:


Public attitudes towards victims and survivors of family violence and the history of laws, social norms and attitudes that have influenced these.
How these attitudes have impacted the responses from certain services (legal system, the Police force, support services).
Why discussion and debate in the public realm is so important when it comes to addressing the issue of family violence.
Why the eradication of family violence, as well as the support of victims and survivors, is the responsibility of everyone.

These points are to help you think about relevant key themes, which you could include throughout your responses rather than questions that you have to answer.
Suggested structure for your Book Review:
The following structure is a suggestion of how students may go about organizing information for their book review:
Your introduction/summary should identify the book and provide broad contextual information that will orient your reader. Think about the ‘Guiding Questions’ list above to select information for your introduction and summary. A good introduction will also briefly mention the main points or ideas that will be discussed further in the body paragraphs (for example the key themes you will be connecting to the literature).
Discussion paragraphs
This section should contain the bulk of your writing. This is where you are asked to make connections between aspects of the book and the theories, concepts and policy approaches you have been studying in the unit. The ‘Themes to Consider’ list above points to some areas discussed in the literature that you could focus on and refer to.
As this section is reflective, it is also appropriate to discuss how the book has influenced your personal learning about the topic, but it is also important to include references to scholarly texts and ideas. (For example, it may be that the way Rosie Batty has explained her experience has helped you to understand a concept or idea you have been studying. It could be that her story steers you to particular evidence-based practice or policy approaches.)
When writing a book review, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate your own thoughts and feelings into the text as well as theories or concepts from the readings. See the ‘2015 Book Review’ folder in vUWS to see some examples of how students have used the relevant literature to support the discussion throughout their book reviews.
Provide a brief summing up of the most important information you have discussed above. An effective conclusion will emphasise the ‘take home’ messages you want your reader to focus on. It is important that any conclusion in academic writing does not bring any new information that has not already been written about in the main body of your text.
Extra information:

You may include the guiding questions, as above. (These 75 words will not be part of your word count).
You may use sub-headings throughout your review.
You will incorporate relevant research and literature to substantiate the points you make.
You may refer to your own thoughts and feelings throughout your review.
Your book review will be no more than 1000 words (+ or – 10%).
Your book review is wort

Total 6 references
including the book & the 4 that I have provided here

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