Podcast: Sue Smethurst on What Sparked her Career in Journalism

Podcast: Sue Smethurst on What Sparked her Career in Journalism

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Journalist and author Sue Smethurst talks to Cheryl about her career in journalism, the family story she had to tell, and her book The Freedom Circus.

About the author:

Sue Smethurst is an award-winning author and journalist who has spent more than 20 years working in the media across television, radio and magazines. She is currently a senior writer with The Australian Women’s Weekly and has written eight books, including Behind Closed DoorsSpartacus and MeBlood on the Rosary and A Diamond in the Dust.

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An Unforgettable True Story: Read an Extract of The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst

Review | Extract

4 November 2020

An Unforgettable True Story: Read an Extract of The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst

    Courage, Hope, Survival: The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst is an Incredibly Moving True Story

    Review | Our Review

    3 November 2020

    Courage, Hope, Survival: The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst is an Incredibly Moving True Story

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        Written by award-winning author and journalist Sue Smethurst, whose husband is Mindla and Michael's grandson, The Freedom Circus is an epic story of courage, hope, humanity, survival and, ultimately, love.When Sue Smethurst first sat down with her grandmother-in-law and asked how she survived the Holocaust, she was shooed away. By that time Mindla was in a Melbourne Jewish nursing home with other survivors, her body ageing but mind still razor sharp.'Vhy do you vant to know?' she'd ask. 'My story is nothing special.'As death began approaching Sue became a little more pushy. She knew Mindla's life had to be recorded and they were running out of time. Each week she'd bring cake from her favourite shop in St Kilda, a bottle of the brightest nail polish she could find, a handful of old pictures and her tape recorder. They'd chat and paint Mindla's nails, and with each 'chat' her story unfolded. It was beyond anything Sue could have imagined.The tale of how Mindla and her husband Michael Horowitz, a circus performer for the famous Staniewski Brothers, escaped from Poland with their young son and embarked on a terrifying journey through the USSR and Middle East to Africa and ultimately to safety in Australia, is nothing short of extraordinary.
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        About the author

        Sue Smethurst

        Sue Smethurst is a prominent Australian journalist, businesswoman and mother of two. A highly respected media figure, she has enjoyed a long career through television, radio and magazines in Australia. Sue has coauthored three bestselling books, The Clothesline Diet, The Clothesline Diet Club and Why Can't I Lose Weight? and created Australian skincare company Hissyfit, which was recently successfully sold to a U.S. pharmaceutical group.Her proudest achievement, though, is surviving the daily dilemmas and delights of two energetic toddlers: Charlie, four, and Alexandra, two. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ralph.

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