Believe Me, I’ve been here the whole time by Jessica Tang

Believe Me, I’ve been here the whole time by Jessica Tang

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This book contains mature themes, strong violence,
and strong language. If you are below 15 years of age,
we recommend you do not continue reading.


I thought the monastery was my home. 

It had my religion, and I was forced devoted my entire life to it. Everyone else was happy, I guess. I tried to escape it, but I don’t think time will ever heal this memory.



Over the course of 2022, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops. 

Year of the Novella 2022 was made possible thanks to the support of a group of generous donors:

Bernadette Brennan & Justin Gleeson SC

Rosebrook Foundation

Caroline Beecham & John Lydon

Greg Dean & Richard Unsworth

Kim Anderson

Deena Shiff & James Gill

Year of the Novella would not have been possible without the unstinting support of the editorial and production teams at Penguin Random House, Midland Typesetters, and the generosity of printer Griffin Press.