• 1.

    I just finished your book. I couldn't put it down as you are family

    I knew you went through a lot but to read about made it so special.

      With the events that are happening at the moment may

    we all find the strength within.

    What a beautiful story for our grandsons. Thank you


                                                                           Love Dawn C x

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    Just finished your fabulous book Annie, well done, sure was an

    inspirational journey, thanks again

                                                                                      Jill D

    • 2.



    Annie, I thank you for selling me your book on Friday night, I have read

    it and thoroughly enjoyed it. You are one truly amazing woman I think     

    I would have given up at the first tunnel, I wish you every good fortune

    going forward and for you and Dave to have many, many years

    together, with good health being a mainstay. Love to you both.


                                                                      Pauline & Brian H

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    Hello Annie I am currently reading your book on my kindle (arthritis

    in my hands) and you certainly have a story well worth the writing

    and the reading. Enjoyed your interview with Andrew Jobling.

    Wishing you every success with your lovely book.

    Kind Regards

                                                                                   Marilyn R

    • 3.

    Congratulations, your book arrived Tuesday. I finished it about

    10 minutes ago. An absolutely great read, congratulations.

    You did a fantastic job of writing it. Great life lived so far and

    even more still to be lived and loved


                                                                                 Lyn & Rob B

I couldn’t put down the book since I received it. Probably spent two whole days reading it. I know you in person. As I flipped through each pages, I get to know you a little bit more. The style of writing is personal, warm and easily related to. Prior reading the book, I perceived you as a positive, assertive with great deal of organisation skills. As I was reading, it became clearer to me how each adversary in life has mounded you to become who you are today. I salute you for your inner strength and pressing on attitude. Failures, adversaries are part of life. The way how you respond to life is a wake up call for me. Toughen up and pressing on, embracing the essence of life.


                                                                          Naomi L


We had only just met on a Greek Island cruise in 2010 and instantly i admired your sense of adventure and free spirit as you ran across traffic to hail a horse and carriage ride through the streets of Athens. Later in 2012 you would join us in my adventures to New York for my 35th birthday. In 2020 I am honored to printed in the pages of your book. What a great achievement Annie Pateman and still admire your strength to live life to the fullest.


                                                                           Louise M-K

In the blink of an eye I’m half way through ‘The Strength Within,” a memoir of beginning life half way around the world, emigrating at an early age and growing up in suburban Melbourne. My hometown and at roughly the same time I was growing up. I related to, and giggled at, Annie’s reflections of her one special outfit that only saw the light on very special occasions, and, in my case Sundays. Back then we only owned three pairs of shoes; our best patent leather shoes, school shoes and thongs.... (🥴flip flops )  I have to mention the long white socks🤣... that’s a fashion memory we’d all like to forget.😂 I can embarrassingly and a little shamefully relate to Annie’s sister, the dibber-dobber. I have 4 brothers who would tease me at the drop of a hat, and I did have to share a bedroom, as Annie did, with the one closest in age to myself, which is coincidentally 15 months; the age difference between Annie and her sister! There was no line down the middle of our bedroom 😂but dibber dobbing was par for the course! . That was back in the 60s.
This isn’t a sad memoir, it’s uplifting and real. 🥂

                                                                             Merren Gray

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