by Jenny Tomlin - £9.99 Hodder & Stoughton (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780340837924 | ISBN 10: 0340837926
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.
Jenny Tomlin and her sister Kim continue their life story in Silent Sisters.
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