Ugly

Ugly

My Memoir

Book - 2013
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Robert Hoge was born with a giant tumour on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. His mother refused to look at her son, let alone bring him home. But home he went, to a life that, against the odds, was filled with joy, optimism and boyhood naughtiness.
Home for the Hoges was a bayside suburb of Brisbane. Robert's parents, Mary and Vince, knew that his life would be difficult, but they were determined to give him a typical Australian childhood. So along with the regular, gruelling and often dangerous operations that made medical history and gradually improved Robert's life, there were bad haircuts, visits to the local pool, school camps and dreams of summer sports.
"Ugly" is Robert's account of his life, from the time of his birth to the arrival of his own daughter. It is a story of how the love and support of his family helped him to overcome incredible hardships. It is also the story of an extraordinary person living an ordinary life, which is perhaps his greatest achievement of all.
'If Robert Hoge reckons he belongs to the Ugly Club, then ?ugly? must mean humour and courage, love and decency.? William McInnes
Publisher: Sydney : Hachette Australia, 2013.
ISBN: 9780733630163
9780733633942
Characteristics: 293 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

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Infolass Sep 15, 2015

I first hear about Robert Hoge’s story on ABC’s “Australian Story”. This memoir is a tribute to his resilience and just getting on with life after being born with major physical abnormalities. This book is a celebration of his life, easy to read and a reminder of what life was like growing up in... Read More »


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Infolass Sep 15, 2015

I first hear about Robert Hoge’s story on ABC’s “Australian Story”. This memoir is a tribute to his resilience and just getting on with life after being born with major physical abnormalities. This book is a celebration of his life, easy to read and a reminder of what life was like growing up in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s.

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