Abandoned The true story of a little girl who didn t belong

Author: Anya Peters
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007348304
Format: PDF
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Separated from her real mother at birth, Anya grew up in terror of her drunken bullying uncle. Beaten, humiliated and sexually abused by him from the age of six, she thought her life couldn't get worse. But one day it did.

The Boy They Tried to Hide

Author: Shane Dunphy
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
ISBN: 1473632471
Format: PDF
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The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling, true account of how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction ... Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at night to go deep into the woods near their home. He has spoken of meetings with a friend, Thomas, but no one else has seen him or knows who he is. As Shane tries to discover what's going on, a sexual predator he helped bring to justice years before reappears. The man is looking to settle a score, and has picked someone close to Shane as his next victim. In The Boy They Tried to Hide, Shane Dunphy revisits cases he encountered during his time as a child protection worker and journalist and, in doing so, once again discovers that leaving the past behind is harder than it seems.

The Boy Behind the Door

Author: David Bisson
Publisher: Reed International Books
ISBN: 9780749321239
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In August 1982, 12-year-old David, dressed in an anorak and a woolly coat, was found in a public garden in Paris. Taken to the police station, he told a story that at first no one could believe. He had just spent eight years of his life imprisoned by his mother, first chained to a pipe in the bathroom, then locked for the last year in a wardrobe, fed only on scraps. His mother had subjected him to a regime of the most horrific punishments. He was constantly beaten or burned with cigarettes for speaking out of turn, eating too slowly or playing quietly. At his mother's trial David said nothing, still trying to understand her reasons, still desperately hoping for her love. Now 22, with the support of his counsellor, Evangeline de Schonen, David tells his heart-rending story honestly and without bitterness. It is an extraordinary account - utterly compelling, yet at times almost impossible to bear - a portrayal of both the extremes of human cruelty and the capacity of the human spirit to forgive and survive.

Based on a True Story

Author: Norm Macdonald
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812993632
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Driving, wild and hilarious” (The Washington Post), here is the incredible “memoir” of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran. Don’t miss Norm’s new Netflix special, Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Treachery! When Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, was approached to write a celebrity memoir, he flatly refused, calling the genre “one step below instruction manuals.” Norm then promptly took a two-year hiatus from stand-up comedy to live on a farm in northern Canada. When he emerged he had under his arm a manuscript, a genre-smashing book about comedy, tragedy, love, loss, war, and redemption. When asked if this was the celebrity memoir, Norm replied, “Call it anything you damn like.” Praise for Based on a True Story “Dostoyevsky by way of 30 Rockefeller Center . . . the best new book I’ve read this year or last.”—The Wall Street Journal “This book is absurd fiction. . . . Scathing and funny.”—The New York Times “Hilarious and filled with turns of phrase and hidden beauty like only a collection of Norm Macdonald stories could be.”—Esquire “Raucous . . . a hilarious, innovative work.”—A.V. Club “Part personal history and part meta riff on celebrity memoirs, the book, it quickly becomes clear, is also just partly true (and all hilarious).”—Vulture “Very, very, very funny! Thanks, Norm, for letting me be part of this Booker Prize–for–literature–quality effort.”—David Letterman “Norm is brilliant and thoughtful and there is sensitivity and creative insight in his observations and stories. A lot of comics over the years have been compared to Mark Twain, but I think Norm is the only one who actually matches the guy in terms of his voice and ability. I seriously f**king love Norm Macdonald. Please buy his book. He probably needs the cash. He’s really bad with money.”—Louis C.K., from the foreword “Norm is one of my all-time favorites, and this book was such a great read I forgot how lonely I was for a while.”—Amy Schumer “I always thought Normie’s stand-up was the funniest thing there was. But this book gives it a run for its money.”—Adam Sandler “Norm is one of the greatest stand-up comics who’s ever worked—a totally original voice. His sense of the ridiculous and his use of juxtaposition in his writing make him a comic’s comic. We all love Norm.”—Roseanne Barr “Norm Macdonald makes me laugh my ass off. Who is funnier than Norm Macdonald? Nobody.”—Judd Apatow “Norm Macdonald is more than a triple threat—he’s a septuple threat. He is smart, funny, wry, rakish, polite, rakish . . . no, wait. He is polite, insightful, and . . . aaaaah . . . warm. No. He’s exciting. Yeah. Exciting! You never know what he’ll do. Okay, then make that unpredictable. Add that up. He’s amazing.”—Alec Baldwin “Norm is a double threat. His material and timing are both top-notch, which is unheard of. He is one of my favorites, both on- and off-stage.”—Dave Attell “Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider

The Color of Water

Author: James McBride
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408832496
Format: PDF
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As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.

On Pills and Needles

Author: Rick Van Warner
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493412795
Format: PDF
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When Rick Van Warner found himself searching abandoned buildings and dangerous streets looking for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of pain and heartache that followed as he tried to save his son from opioid addiction, Van Warner discovered what the American public is just now becoming aware of: opioids prescribed for even minor pain relief are so addictive that even a few days of use can create dependency. On Pills and Needles is a memoir that also serves as a wake-up call and crash course in opioid addiction. Through his harrowing personal story, Van Warner exposes the common causes of opioid addiction, effective and ineffective ways it has been treated, and how families can walk alongside loved ones who are dealing with the daily realities of addiction.

The Silent Witness

Author: Casey Watson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008142653
Format: PDF, ePub
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‘I’m so sorry, Casey,’ my link worker John said, sounding weary. ‘I know this is probably the worst time I could ring you, but we desperately need someone to take a child tonight.’

The Girl Who Couldn t Smile

Author: Shane Dunphy
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books
ISBN: 9781444814224
Format: PDF, ePub
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When Shane Dunphy started work at Little Scamps creche, he had no idea what he had let himself in for. This moving portrait of that year is a testament to the redemptive power of love and nurturing, of finding oneself through the care of others, as well as finding the secret of a girl who couldn't smile."

Goodbye Sarajevo

Author: Atka Reid
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408827751
Format: PDF, ePub
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A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war