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Child C: Surviving a Foster Mother's Reign of Terror | Paperback

Released on 27 July 2008

Author: Christopher Spry | Format: Paperback

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In April 2007, 62-year-old Eunice Spry was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the systematic wounding, cruelty and assault of the vulnerable children whose welfare had been entrusted to her. Her Gloucestershire home should have been a refuge. Instead it became a prison where, over the course of 20 years, her charges were routinely abused and tortured. To the outside world, Jehovah's Witness Spry presented herself as a pillar of the community. Behind closed doors she was a sadistic tyrant who beat the children with metal bars, forced wooden sticks down their throats and made them eat lard, bleach, vomit and faeces. The details of the trial horrified the nation, and attracted considerable press attention. Now, for the first time, one of the victims - known in the case as 'Child C' and now 19 years old - tells the full, shocking story of what went on in Eunice Spry's house of evil. Child C is a gripping, heartbreaking story of enforced isolation, psychological and physical abuse and a childhood denied. Despite all he has been through, Christopher Spry is a survivor with a zest for life.With his former foster mother in prison, he can finally tell the story of his suffering and what it is like to grow up brutalised and abandoned with no one to hear your plight.

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 Such a sad story yet I couldn't put it down!

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This is a very difficult book to read. Some things are truly shocking and felt myself feeling feint at times, especially regarding the needle incident. You really feel for the children, when they were hurt I found myself getting upset.
I think the three children have such courage to put up with some of the disgusting things that they went through and couldn't put the book down.
More than anything, this book makes you question how someone could be so evil, and what sort of world are we living in.

 horrific story, but a great read

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This is a good book but a very sad story. I wasnt able to put this down due to being such a good read. The things that this monster did to 3 innocent children is beyond belief. Be prepared to read some awful things and a day to be engrossed.

 Excellent Book

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This is the best true story I've ever read. Christopher described the story of his life very well. Though it's very saddening, it turns out to a nice ending. Chris is really a strong person and I'm happy for him that at last he managed to get over all the bad things he's been through.

 Gripping and saddening

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I couldn't bear to put this book down until i'd finished. What an amazing journey Christopher has been on and he tells his story with complete openness to the reader. At times it made me feel nauseaus then deeply upset, then happy. It outlines that we should be concerned that abuse like this still happens around us. A compelling read and a bargain at £5.

 Best book I've read so far

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I started reading this book while on a short break away and I couldnt put it down. I've read books on abuse but nothing like this. The way it is written made me feel as tho I was living the life with him- going through each day etc. I would recommend this book to anyone. From such a young person (who is actually the same age as me) he has done really well to come this far. I hope that his foster mother reads his book just to see how he felt.

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AuthorChristopher Spry
PublisherSimon & Schuster (United States)
Year2008
ISBN9781847391896
FormatPaperback - 320 Pages