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Behind Closed Doors: A True Story of Abuse, Neglect and Survival Against the Odds | Paperback

Released on 13 February 2006

Author: Jenny Tomlin | Format: Paperback

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This is the number one bestselling, heartbreaking childhood memoir of abuse and true story of the triumph of the human spirit. Jenny grew up in a house where no-one was safe. Born one of five children in the East End, her childhood was spent in squalor and terror. Her father's violent beatings, humiliations, and sexual abuse were part of daily life; her mother - also his sexual victim and savagely beaten - was no source of help. Deprived of love and all comforts, the children would turn to each other for support and to the only adult they could trust, Auntie. This is the story of how Jenny, her sister Kim and brother Laurence, not only survived but ultimately transcended the unimaginable degradations heaped on them. With the power of love, cunning, the blackest of black humour and an indestructible self-belief, Jenny eventually broke free of her past.

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Written by a well-known actress/singer's mum, this is the true life story of Jenny and her brothers and sisters brought up in a house full of abuse, neglect and torment. Heartbreaking to read this and know this is all true, but what is ashtonishing is how Jenny bounced back after suffering so much. Extremely good if you are interested in this genre, easy to get into and a real page-turner. Well worth the money.

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I have read many of these 'types' of books but this is the one that sticks out as being a must read. Very sad and will make you feel emotions you didn't know you had.

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MUST READ BOOK- very moving story which had me in tears many times while reading it ,can honestly say l have so much admiration for this lady & her sister for what they have to suffer as little children l can't wait to read her next book to see what happens next

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This was the 1st of Jenny's books that I read. What an amazing women. Gone through so much yet come out of it all fighting. I take my hat of to you, your inspirational. Read this book, you will cry and you wont want to put it down! God bless you Jenny Tomlin

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This is a very powerful and moving book written really well about a young girl with the courage to get through such a bad part of her life it really is an inspiring book i would reccomend anyone to read it the second book not alone is now out give them a go.

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AuthorJenny Tomlin
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 288 Pages
Illustrations8pp b&w photographs