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RUN, HIDE, REPEAT

Pauline Dakin

  • Original Title: RUN, HIDE, REPEAT
  • Publication date: September 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
  • Country: CA
  • 320 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21th century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Childhood, Family secrets, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Redemption, Identity crisis, Coming of age, Looking back on one's life, Resilience

Pitch

Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. A memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace.

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TV rights sold to John Logan Pierson at Film/Television 44 in LA. Film 44 has produced the blockbusters Friday Night Lights (film and TV), Patriots Day, and Hell or High Water, among others.

"What happens when 'Fake News' takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller - I was haunted by it." - Plum Johnson, winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non Fiction for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING.

Pauline Dakin is an assistant professor at the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax. A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia and host of CBC Radio's Atlantic Voice. She has received many national journalism awards, including a citation of merit from The Michener Awards.

Summary

Pauline Dakin, a well-known CBC journalist, spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Disturbing and dangerous events interrupt their outwardly normal life.. Many years later, her mother finally revealed they'd been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force.
But the truth was even more bizarre. Gradually, Dakin's fears give way to suspicion. She puts her journalistic training to work and discovers that the Mafia threat was actually an elaborate web of lies. Worse, it appeared to be fabricated by the people she loved most in the world.
RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin's uneasy acceptance of her family's dire situation to bewildered anger at a cruel charade. As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal and deception, and the power of love to forgive. As compelling and twisted as a thriller, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is an unforgettable portrait of a family threatened by those closest to them.

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  • Author’s biography

    Pauline Dakin is an assistant professor at the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax.

    A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia and host of CBC Radio's Atlantic Voice. She has received many national journalism awards, including a citation of merit from The Michener Awards.

    She wrote her memoir RUN, HIDE, REPEAT.