... Queensland Book of the Year ...

Joy Aimée, Director of A&A Book Publishing, is delighted to announce that “To Prey and to Silence” by Joan Katherine Isaacs, published by Short Stop Press, an imprint of A&A Book Publishing has today been named as a finalist in the prestigious Courier Mail People’s Choice Awards Queensland Book of the Year.

Ms Aimée, and the entire Team at A&A Book Publishing congratulates Joan on her achievement and once again applauds the courage she and her family have displayed in their long fight to achieve justice. A&A Book Publishing is proud to be the publisher of such an important book. Here’s the official announcement of the finalists and the link to VOTE:
http://qldliteraryawards.org.au/peoples-choice

Synopsis - To Prey and To Silence

At the age of fifteen Joan’s normal and happy life changed irreparably when the chaplain at her school groomed her for his own sexual gratification. Despite the trauma of her teenage years, Joan became a teacher, initially working in primary schools and later focussing on children with special needs and learning difficulties. Silenced by her abuser and later by the Catholic Church through their Towards Healing program, Joan was finally able to speak in 2013 when she gave evidence at the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. To Prey and To Silence is Joan Katherine Isaacs’ powerful account of her battle to be heard.

About the author

Joan Katherine Isaacs is a wife, mother and doting grandmother. Born in 1953 into a Catholic family, Joan is the middle child of migrant parents. Joan became a teacher, initially working in primary schools and later focussing on children with special needs and learning difficulties. In 2013 Joan gave evidence at the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.