Trust: A fractured fable


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“I read it in one sitting and loved loved loved it. Truly. It is beautifully and cleverly told, and the various devices – the poetry, the nicknames, the world-wandering, the little hands, the carpets, Paddington – all work splendidly.” Simon Winchester

“Vivid and transparent. Deft. I was absolutely hooked from the first paragraph, and the creeping sense that something was amiss was masterful. The fundamental power is the unflinching basis in truth.” Professor Joanna Benjamin (Emeritus Professor of Law, The London School of Economics)

A gripping and haunting account of trust betrayed that you won’t be able to put down – a story of dreams, reality, and the wide gap between the two that too often engulfs us all.

Amanda L. Tyler, co-author with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue.

This brave fable is an intimate portrait of a relationship destroyed by betrayal, as well as a reflection on our troubled time’s preoccupation with breaches of the public trust. The author leads us thus to the moral of the story: that trust is both fragile and essential and must somehow be helped to flourish; that every betrayal of trust, public or private, ultimately harms each of us and diminishes our ability to live together with open hearts.

Vicki Laveau-Harvie, author of 2019 Stella Prize-winning memoir The Erratics.

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Trust: A fractured fable
Jeanne Ryckmans

Weight 0.5 kg



180 Pages



About the Book: The extraordinary story of an Irish Ripley, a fraudster and conman who fooled central banks, elite universities, major companies and scores of individual business leaders is in itself captivating and astounding, but he also plied a series of smart sophisticated women with seductive invitations, extravagant gifts and lashings of Yeats… Anne Summers AO, author of Unfettered and Alive, and Damned Whores and God’s Police.

Raw and honest…A sadly too common tale of how ego and hubris wreak harm, but equally a testament that the only way to break these cycles is to tell the truth.

Amy Richards, Producer of the Emmy-nominated Woman (Viceland) and author of We Are Makers.

“The university is a bazaar where a thousand wares are spread haphazardly, while the scholars themselves are turned into peddlers, touts, and pimps, desperately competing to hustle for a few more suckers.” – Pierre Ryckmans (Boyer Lecture, 1996 – ‘Learning’). We have all fallen under the malevolent spell of hucksters, and their power is real, as is the loss of self and hope when the spell breaks. A hybrid memoir and a personal detective story which has at its heart what it means to trust, why we trust, and what happens when trust is betrayed, Trust is an exploration of the oft subtle, brutal nature of control, the impact on others of professional and personal deceit, and the insidious effects generated by collusion and cover ups within the hallowed sandstone walls of academia. Trust is a fractured fable. It is darkly funny, wistful, and spare in tone and approach. About the Author: Jeanne Ryckmans has worked for two decades in Australian publishing as a literary agent and former senior publisher at Random House and HarperCollins Australia. Prior to joining the publishing world, she worked for seven years in arts television (France 2/SBS Television) as an on-air presenter and documentary producer, and was features editor at ELLE Magazine and books editor for Vogue Australia. She is the author of two books.