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"One day I will tell you the story of my life," Emma Brockes' mother told her, "and you will be amazed." If wasn't only after her mom's death and a trip to Johannesburg that Emma learned the full story. "Your grandfather," one relative there told her, "was a pedophile who cross-examined us in court and got off Scot-free." On the day that her alcoholic/drug addict father was cleared of child abuse charges, Emma's mother Paula delivered her own justice: She shot him five times, not killing him, and then fled to Great Britain. In She Left Me the Gun, award-winning journalist Emma Brockes offers a moving portrait of a brave woman who recreated herself in a new land. Editor's recommendation.