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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007442637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007442638
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 29 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Logan on 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Yeomans on 30 Mar. 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin on 19 May 2012
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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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By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2012
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"A Baby's Cry" is another, beautifully written book by Cathy Glass. An account of her time when fostering a newly born baby and the mystery surrounding the circumstances.
Cathy writes so well, the true story just flows and you really cannot put the book down. It is like you are part of the experience.
The author is a very, very experienced foster carer who has a unique way of coping with every problem that is presented to her and yet at the same time, keeps her own children very much at the forefront to help and create a superb family environment for which ever child is in her care at the time.
To tell you more about the story will spoil it for the reader. Suffice to say if you have never read a Cathy Glass book, then do so - now!! You will not be disappointed.
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I have literally just finished reading this emotional book 'A Baby's Cry'. As a mother of 4 year old and 6 month old boys this story touched my heart. Cathy describes in such detail little Harrison, to the point where I could picture his little face throughout the 10 months in her care, and Cathy and her family's emotional journey whilst he was in her care. I was moved to tears. Although a happy ending for Harrison, I could imagine the pain she must have felt giving him up after creating a bond with him. Cathy is an inspiration and I cannot recomment this or any of Cthy's books more. I am truly addicted to the true stories that this amazing, mother, foster mother and author writes and has experienced at first hand. Well done Cathy, you should be very proud.
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I pre-ordered my copy as i was eager to read another book of Cathy's.
it arrived and i immediately started reading i couldnt wait and found myself unable to do anything else until i had finished i really couldnt put the book down.
Cathy yet again is able to tell us of the remarkable work foster parents do along with the proffs involved,my emotions were all over the place thoughtout this book finding myself laughing then crying then being happy but sad at the ending.
Cathy creates books that are true to life and invites us into her family
i would recomend this book in a heatbeat to people already a cathy fan and to people who have not experienced her amazing books

fantastic book cathy how long do i have to wait for the next? x
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By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 July 2012
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I have read all of Cathy Glass true tales she has told from her experience of being a Foster Mum. Each time I am invited into her family that I too feel like I am being "fostered" by Cathy as I read and get involved in all aspects of her life and her family.

I truly loved this remarkable tale as the outcome for me was unexpected. I will be looking forward to the next real life tale by this author. She really has a way of writing. I also enjoy the fact that although she goes along with her role and commitment of being a foster mum she does stand up sometimes and be counted and make her point heard for the benefit of the child.

Thank you Cathy for another remarkable experience.
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I find all Cathy Glass's books so inspiring. Having myself to endure a horrendous childhood, I know so well there are many children out there who should be removed from their biological parents, many suffering in silence.There is s huge hope with people do the kind of good care like Cathy Glass do.
To be a good parent is not an easy task, but it is just so simple what a child really need. "A Baby's Cry" is a beautiful history of how love and care generate happiness. A good reminder and example of how love and understanding can transform our lives.
It is a rich history described in a way that keeps you engaged, interested and leave within yourself a warm hope.
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