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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books,London (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844549054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844549054
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book made me laugh and made me cry in equal measure.

The pain that Paul Connolly must have experienced throughout his chilhood was palpable.

And although part of me was repulsed by the violence and the malevolence that Paul displayed, another understood and urged more of the same in order for him to gain some sort of recompense from the ills of a society that let adults abuse the positions of trust they were put in.

Although Paul was on the whole spared the fate that some of the children endured at least he has survived to tell his story and has since become successful in building a career and a family.

I kept questioning why these children were not listened to and how the system failed to protect them. I only hope that this book is read by all those now involved in protecting vulnerable children, the message of which should reverberate for some time.

This book was a superb read and one that I would thoroughly recommend albeit one that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster from heartbreak and anger, to laughter and elation.
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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful By SBond on 31 Jan. 2011
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A must read, couldn't put it down. I found the book to be gripping and at times really quite emotional. Its amazing how someone with such a bad start in life can turn things around and go on to be a successful businessman with great family values. It goes to show that not everyone with a bad start turns out the way you'd expect.

Paul is most definately an inspiration to everyone. To those, who like himself had a bad start but also to those that didn't that may not appreciate how lucky they were to have a nice childhood.

I would highly recommend this book and have already passed it onto many family and friends.
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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Gryphgal on 1 Mar. 2010
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This is such a raw and honest book that it is at times difficult to read. I am still angry, not just because of the abuse suffered by the youngsters at St Leonards - but at the casual cruelty of the carers pocketing the housekeeping and feeding the children bread and margerine so that they were always hungry. I am far from happy that every crime committed in the course of the book was dealt with adequately. It is a book that really makes you think. It reads like a novel but the central events are a matter of public record and it comes accross as painfully honest. In the end it is a success story - not because of the celebrity side of the fitness training, but on a personal level the fact that despite the abuses of his childhood and the rage he talks about, Paul does finally manage to achieve a loving and happy family life.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By boola222 on 18 Oct. 2010
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This is a truly remarkable story of ones man's need to survive, no matter what life has thrown at him. It makes you reassess your own life style and those things that the normal person may take for granted...that normality that we strive to achieve on a day to day basis, will never be enough to make up for this guys past!
This book draws you into Pauls world, it is written as it would be spoken and despite the anger and viciousness that Paul has been a major part of, you can not help but sense his vunerability all the way through, and you finish the book feeling like you have, in some part, been through it with him. It really hits you deep inside.
The bravery and trust it must have taken to put all of this onto paper is beyond comprehension and leaves with you with a deep sense of admiration for the author.
This is a book, that once started is very difficult to put down!
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Chris Clapshaw on 5 Mar. 2010
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Reading this book was at different times a painful, funny, emotional, poignant and ultimately uplifting experience.The resileince of the human spirit has never been better illustrated than within this book's pages.

It is also a damning indictment of the institutional 'care' system in post-war Britain and the establishment responsible for creating and running it.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jane Oz on 24 Feb. 2010
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Couldn't put it down. A true insight into the life of a brave young man who 'against all the odds' has turned out ok.
Its incredible how adults could treat children in this Dickenson way in the 1960's, a real eye opener.

How refreshing to read a book with references to `celebrities' that isn't a kiss and tell, Connelly hasn't in any way compromised his integrity.. He is an inspiration, to have had the hardships no child should ever endure and overcome the problems he did is just amazing.

I would thoroughly recommend this entertaining funny in parts book that had me shedding a few tears at the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bronte Brentwood on 3 Aug. 2010
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This autobiography is a tribute to Paul Connolly's tenacity to overcome the ravages of pure evil, imposed on him as a vulnerable child.

I found it thoroughly engaging on many different levels. Paul's self-deprecating honesty and his ability to inspire the reader to overcome physical, mental and emotional adversity is inspirational and dare I say, life-changing.

Thank you for sharing such intimate details with us. It is a story that simply had to be told.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kate Lloyd on 15 Dec. 2011
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Against All Odds was a very gripping read what I couldn't put down. It was very emotional at times to hear what Paul went through as a child but was great to hear how he worked hard to become a successful personal trainer.

I have recommeded this book to friends and family.
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