Rainbows Have Echoes is Julie Miller’s autobiographical account of her successful career as an English teacher in England and New Zealand. While her career flourished her personal life has often been stormy, from an unhappy first marriage in the 1960s to, more recently, her heartbreak as she struggled to come to terms with her second husband’s descent into dementia. Julie sees her life as a succession of rainbows and wasp stings, the good interweaving with the bad, great joy and times of hardship and sadness. As a teacher, Julie has been acclaimed for her work with traumatised children, easing them into educational pursuits and inspiring them with her own zest for life. The steep learning curves of her own life show that whatever life throws at you, however taxing it might prove to be, one can rise above the challenges and find a renewed delight in the world and its inhabitants.
Keywords: Autobiography, memoirs, life story, teaching, challenges, education, positive thinking, memorable teaching, special education, special teaching, special needs, life story with traumatised children, New Zeland, Bath, dementia, caring, English teacher, teaching children, ESL, family, husband