Lauren Kim Roche

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Lauren Kim Roche
Born (1961-11-05) 5 November 1961 (age 55)
Miramar, New Zealand
Occupation Physician, writer, speaker
Genre Autobiography, Non-fiction

Lauren Kim Roche (born 5 November 1961) is a bestselling author and physician. She was born in Miramar, New Zealand, a suburb of Wellington. In 1991, she obtained her medical degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Diploma in Obstetrics, gained at University of Auckland [1] 1994.

Published in 1999, her autobiography, Bent Not Broken, climbed to the number 4 spot on New Zealand’s Bestseller List. Bent Not Broken is available in 6 countries and 5 languages and has been adapted into a stage play.[2] Life on the Line, a sequel to Bent Not Broken, was published in 2001.

In 2009, Bent Not Broken was released as an audiobook by Expanded Technologies Incorporated.

The autobiographies chronicle Roche's life experiences which include: child sex abuse, rape, travel from New Zealand to United States as a ship stowaway,[3] 1970’s music groupie, prostitution, homosexuality, depression, suicide, bankruptcy, drug abuse, alcoholism, med school, author, radio personality, medical doctor, and special needs children.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Roche and Sharon Raynor hosted the weekly one-hour radio talk show, Doctor, Doctor. The show fielded a wide span of questions from the listeners encompassing topics such as medical issues, sexual orientation, depression, and discrimination.

Roche served as the physician for the Hutt Valley Special Olympics Team and has been columnist for New Zealand’s Bella Magazine. She is a practicing physician and motivational public speaker.

Lauren Roche currently practices medicine in Auckland, New Zealand.



Autobiography Audio Book[edit]

  • 2009. Bent Not Broken (Autobiography Audio Book). United States [1]


  • 2000. Depression New Zealand [2]
  • 2003. Grief New Zealand [3]