Tom Fink Library

The Carers NSW Tom Fink Library provides a free search service and lending library to carers and the professionals who support them.

The Tom Fink Library was established in 1996 in memory of Tom Fink, husband of the late Averil Fink who co-founded Carers NSW. The Library provides a free and accessible lending service for all carers. The collection contains a range of books and DVDs, including:

  • Self-help material
  • Personal narratives, including memoir and biography
  • Mental health and psychology titles
  • Books on particular conditions and disabilities

Carers can request books by contacting the Library on 1800 242 636 or library@carersnsw.org.au and the library will arrange free return postage at no cost to the carer. The library is also available to the general public who are welcome to browse during business hours.

Library material can be borrowed for a period of three weeks and extensions can be granted upon request.

The library is located within the Carers NSW office in North Sydney:

Carers NSW
L10 / 213 Miller Street
North Sydney
NSW 2060

For help finding books or DVDs, please telephone 02 9280 4744 or email library@carersnsw.org.au.

Book review - Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover

Richard Glover is the author of more than a dozen books and writes a weekly humour column in the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also the presenter of the 702 ABC Drive show.

Richard Glover’s new book is Flesh Wounds - “For anyone whose family was not what they ordered” Flesh Wounds centres on Richard’s relationship with his parents, in particular his cold and distant mother who would frequently fabricate stories of her past. His alcoholic and often absent father is, tellingly, missing from the cover of the book.

His parent’s indifference left Glover in no doubt that he was a burden to them;

“In all that time I never felt like the favourite, which is hard when you are an only child.”

And later;

“Can you really be self-raising, like flour?”

Glover writes about his childhood, his parents initially seem quite odd but harmless, with such sadness but without self-pity. The frequent hilarious anecdotes make the book a poignant but also entertaining read. At the age of 15, Glover’s family life completely unravels. His Mother abandons the unhappy marriage and his Father slips deeper into self-pity and embarks upon a number of failed marriages.

At age 19, Richard is shipped off to London by his mother and it is revealed that his parents’ neglect and indifference has made him vulnerable to strange men. He writes about this period of his life deftly and with no self-pity, not wanting it to dominate or define him. He also writes about resilience and finding love elsewhere.

Upon his return to Australia, Glover meets Debra and the description of the moment they fell in love is beautifully written. Up until this point, the way Glover spoke about his life is very detached and to the point, as if he were an observer.

Overall, this is a beautifully written and honest account with Glover making great use of humour to keep the story light and optimistic.

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