by Jane Hersey - £7.99 Troubador Publishing (2012)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781780881652 | ISBN 10: 1780881657
Jane Hersey’s biography is told through the thoughts and voice of a traumatized, isolated child, enduring the stresses and strains of day-to-day life under difficult circumstances in 1960s Manchester. As a six year old child with sole care of a mother suffering with clinical depression, diabetes and eating disorders, Jane is ostracized by the Jewish community and the community at large. Breath in the Dark is the heart-rending story of a girl socially isolated, neglected, physically, emotionally and sexually abused and living in poverty.
"From the first lines of Breath in the Dark, there is a powerful sense that this is special. The simplicity of Jane’s style, the clarity of the child’s voice and the intensity of emotion fired in those few words had me hooked from the start. [...] Jane expresses the beautiful mix of confusion, faith and fear that characterises her childhood effortlessly... There is so much I could say about Breath in the Dark, it’s excellent narrative, incredible intensity and the unfakeable ring of truth it carries. [...] It is heartbreaking and fascinating in equal amounts."
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In booklists: Manchester, Jewish Women, Jewish Lives, Childhood Memoirs, Poverty & Social Exclusion, Child Abuse: Survivors' Stories, In categories: Local Interest, Feminism & Women, Jewish Diaspora, History & Biography, Children & Young People, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Violence & Abuse,