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Cathy Glass
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15 Mar 2012

What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy’s care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings.

When Cathy is first asked to foster one-day old Harrison her only concern is if she will remember how to look after a baby. But upon collecting Harrison from the hospital, Cathy realises she has more to worry than she thought when she discovers that his background is shrouded in secrecy.

She isn’t told why Harrison is in foster care and his social worker says only a few are aware of his very existence, and if his whereabouts became known his life, and that of his parents, could be in danger. Cathy tries to put her worries aside as she looks after Harrison, a beautiful baby, who is alert and engaging. Cathy and her children quickly bond with Harrison although they know that, inevitably, he will eventually be adopted.

But when a woman Cathy doesn’t know starts appearing in the street outside her house acting suspiciously, Cathy fears for her own family’s safety and demands some answers from Harrison’s social worker. The social worker tells Cathy a little but what she says is very disturbing . How is this woman connected to Harrison and can she answer the questions that will affect Harrison’s whole life?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007442637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007442638
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping read from Cathy Glass! 25 Mar 2012
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I have read all of Cathy Glass' true stories - and found them all absolutely absorbing. This one is no different. From the very first page, Cathy invites you into her home and takes you on a journey with her and her own children plus a brand new baby she is about to foster: baby Harrison.

Unlike some of her other memoirs, this book centres on a newborn baby that has not been subject to any kind of trauma or abuse, and is developmentally normal. Part of the story includes another child who has come to Cathy for a very short stay, but mainly the story is about Harrison and the secretive circumstances leading up to his placement in foster care. These circumstances are not revealed until late in the story - therefore it is a gripping read, as usual with Cathy Glass.

Cathy's books are always very hard to put down - but I did manage to make this last 3 days! I always feel a little sad when I finish a Cathy Glass book and eagerly await the next
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How your writing style can let down a good story 30 Mar 2012
This is a very touching story and I admire the foster mother for the work that she does. But this book is badly let down by the writing style. It is at times laborious, going into every tiny detail of the family's daily life, and at other times patronising (do we really, really need to be told what n/a stands for, for example? Really?). I stuck with the story, hoping there was going to be more of a twist. Although fortunate for baby Harry, other readers like me might be left disappointed that a story with rather mysterious, exciting beginnings simply slowly peters out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mothers day present 19 May 2012
By Kelvin
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I bought this for my mum for mothers day and she really like this book and all the Cathy Glass books.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!!!! 8 Nov 2012
By Hoodoo
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I brought this book after reading lots of really good reviews on here, i feel like i have just read a completely different book!
The constant describing of EVERY tiny detail of day to day life became very, very dull by the end, and i felt like i was wading through treacle trying to get the damn book finished.
If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent at any point in the future this will probably be a good read as every millisecond of it is described, if not i wouldn't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 10 July 2014
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I have read this book and I am proud to say their we're tears and excitement through this story thank you for sharing this book with us
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing foster care story 9 July 2014
By Yvonne
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This shows that not every decision made at the time is the right decision and can be reversed with encouragement and support
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars long winded 22 May 2012
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The idea is ok, and yes, terribly sad subject matter. But, the book read as if it had been written by a ten year old and I found the very simplistic language boring and long-winded. Also, the reason for the problem arising in the first place seemed to vanish instantly and so made a mockery of the point of the story. Its difficult to explain without ruining the plot. Won't be reading any more by this author.
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