Barossa author Adel Brewer is launching her first ever book, a motivational survivor's memoir, at the Nuriootpa Library this month.
Adel, who writes under her middle name of Angelica, journeyed from Italy to South Australia at age 10.
Her self-published book, 'Seventy Thousand Camels' details Adel's experiences as a young migrant and follows her life's tumultuous twists and turns that ultimately led her to the Barossa Valley.
A 'narcissistic' mother, a failed 18 year marriage, a search for true love and a personal spiritual transition all feature in the raw and open account of Adel's life.
"My story definitely has sombre overtones reminiscent of others journeys, however, my journey attempts to raise individuals up, namely other women, and is not written as a sob story although its contents are often brutal," she said.
Ultimately, Adel triumphs through considerable hardship.
"On a personal level, I speak about my battle with Bulimia, societal norms and blockades, mental health issues such as PTSD and depressive mood, and how I renounced strict Catholicism for metaphysical practice," she said.
Among her varied careers, Adel worked as a juvenile corrections officer in NSW before moving to South Australia where she worked in adult corrections - and where she would eventually meet her second husband.
"I write extensively about the prison system, its charges, both adult and juvenile, and the staff - good and bad - which changed my life forever," she said.
Adel said that while her story could appeal to women caught up in narcissist parental upbringing, victims of childhood abuse, teenage angst, and domestic violence, it could also appeal to anyone interested in migration, travel, crime and punishment or pseudoscience.
The official book launch will be held on Thursday December 12 at the Nuriootpa Library at 6pm. For bookings phone 8563 8440.