This 'shocker' is packed with brutal honesty and 'Brummie-funny' humour at the blackest of times.
In the first chapter, the author courageously writes about a 'predictable' double rape at the age of thirteen… and then continues her extraordinary account as a delinquent teenager in the 1970’s.
In a rare and refreshing style, she tells us the blunt truth about a violent hate-filled relationship with her mother; the foolishly adventurous and disturbing tales of absconding from children’s homes, and a police criminal record any adult would be ashamed of.
You’ll find an openness that’s sometimes scandalous and straight from the hip… but always straight from the heart as well.
Every mother (except the authors), every daughter, teacher and social worker should read this book.
- 'Brilliant book to read'.
Brilliant book to read, very honest and I'm sure will help lots of people talk about their own experiences.. I love the fact that the writer has been so honest and used her experiences in a good way... Well done'
I must admit i am not a massive reader...I have to get into a book from the first page, I certainly did with this book I could not put it down.
It was beautifully written from the heart. I felt I was living it as well it made me smile made me angry and made me cry. Honest and heartfelt a brilliant read.
- It is full of fun and sadness at the same time.
I read this book from cover to cover almost in one sitting - couldn't put it down.
It is full of fun and sadness at the same time. This true life story is so interesting that you feel every emotion the author had experienced back in her life.
Really well worth a read.
- Great first book by this author.
Caught in the very first chapter. Was unable to put down. Could very much associate with the teenage years. Although the author flits quite frequently between subjects it fits well with the story. A brutal and honest account of growing up in the 60's and 70's . Would I read another book written by this author? In one word ...YES.Would I recommend this book to others?.... again...YES.Hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.
- Excellent autobiography...
you literally forget that you are reading about real people in real times. Love the style with the author putting in notes to the reader as the book goes along. Love the anecdotes that support the main thrust of the narrative. Well worth reading.
- Fantastic read from start to finish.
This book really gives the reader a roller-coaster of emotions from tears through to laughter. Sad that it is a true story, but the author uses brilliant humour throughout the book and it is great that she is a survivor and not a victim in spite of her ordeals. Great read.
- Loved it!
Memoirs usually aren't my thing, but this one is gritty and interesting.The Alice theme fits into the author finding their way through growing up, and finding the good in a childhood that isn't picture perfect. I love how she describes her emotions throughout, and can definitely identity with them in my own experiences.She's got a good sense of humor, as well, so it made reading it more entertaining. I enjoyed reading it!
- You won't be disappointed, a great book.
A totally absorbing book, I read it in one sitting. The authors brave and truthful account of her relationship with her mother, life in an institution and other situations she found herself in will have you smiling at her humour one minute and feel the sadness and pain the next. Never self pitying just honest emotions radiate from the pages, you won't be disappointed, a great book.
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