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Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one man's true story of courage and redemption [Kindle Edition]

Paul Connolly
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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‘She’d done more to belittle, undermine and scar me, with her ten years of scorn and hatred, than Starling with his brutal physical batterings or any of the others with their attempts at forced sexual contact. But no-one gets jailed for what they say, even when it amounts to deliberate mental torture…’

As Paul Connolly struggled to leave behind his painful, humiliating childhood in the notorious St Leonard’s children’s home, the ghosts of his past would not let go. The paedophiles and sadists had damaged so many kids. Some had died, from suicide or heroin. Others, like Paul, had emerged, battered and illiterate, to try to find a place in the world. When a fall from a roof shattered his boxing ambitions, he survived in a brutal underworld of routine violence, before eventually building a career as a celebrity fitness trainer, working with the stars of fashion and film.

After Against All Odds became a surprise bestseller, everything changed for Paul. He found himself speaking at the House of Lords, appearing on TV and getting involved in projects with abused kids and illiterate adults. But a rare heart infection almost killed him, and the old demons still haunted him.

Four years later, Paul has made a new world for himself, centred on his young family and a successful training business that mends broken bodies, builds confidence and changes lives for the better. His story is a remarkable tale of endurance and survival – vivid, disturbing, but ultimately uplifting, as the beaten child who was once told ‘You’re rubbish; you’ll never be worth a thing’ becomes a man with the heart to love, live and embrace the future.

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About the Author

Paul Connolly is the author of the bestselling "Against All Odds."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Beating the Odds is an inspirational account of one man's bid to succeed in life despite his abusive beginnings.

Paul Connolly's shocking life experiences have clearly equipped him to offer support and guidance to children who may face similar difficult life choices to his. Paul's openness and honesty instantly invokes trust and respect from them thus helping them to believe that they too can succeed in life despite what has happened to them, rather than have to fail because of it. His belief in them promotes belief in themselves, as Paul is a real life character who does not dress up the facts!

This is also a 'must read' book for professionals who work with children in order for them to really hear the voice of the abused child and the adult survivor. Paul's true account of his life, his struggle to change direction and his current success and happiness with his beautiful family is heart breaking and heart warming in equal parts.

Thank you Paul for being brave enough to speak out and to share your painful memories. Thank you for inspiring children that have no self belief or confidence to know how to make the right life choices that will lead to their ability to contribute positively to society in adulthood.

Don't ever give up banging the drum of Child Protection and Children's Rights Paul. We must all follow in your footsteps and work to ensure that no other child has to grow up to write a book that speaks of the professional adult abuse of children again!

Yvonne Goouge
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read the previous excellent book detailing Mr Connolly's life and how he overcame adversity and the worst of starts, so have been looking forward to this since it first was listed on Amazon - I must say it didn't disappoint! Although self contained, it nicely brings us up to date with some of the great things which have happened since the first book. Despite looking back at some of the previous bad times, it tells a positive and uplifting story which continues to show how with a positive attitude and the support of friends and family you can not only overcome these, but building on these experiences be a positive influence and help those still not as fortunate. As with the previous book, a roller coaster of emotions and great to read what happened after the first book came out - positive and uplifting - recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read but be prepared to cry 13 July 2014
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I've known Paul for a very long time but haven't seen him for god knows how long...... I new that he was dumped by his mother when he was a baby but that's as far as it went...... Not for one second did I no he couldn't read or write or that he had gone through the tragic upbringing in that place they called a children's home...... Firstly I've got to say that Paul was very much a ladies man back in the day and I'm sure he will laugh at that comment and in his own words would probably say "ya can't help being born with good looks"....... I've read Paul's first book and this book has had the same effect on me whilst reading it....... It made me bloody laugh in places with the way he said things and of course his language and then it made me cry and was heart breaking in places to read...... After going through a terrible child hood and becoming what he is to day is bloody amazing...... So in my own words Mr Connolly we'll done for firstly surviving that tragic unbelievable childhood that you went through....... Thank god you meet Jo who seems to be not only your wife but ya best friend and has given you one of life's best gifts, 2 amazing boys...... We'll done Paul and keep up the fantastic work you are doing your amazing..... X
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read of one man's journey 3 July 2014
By Helen B
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An excellent read of one man's journey, overcoming incredible hardship and heartache to happiness. How anyone not only survives the childhood that Paul went through, but overcomes it all to be so successful is truly an inspiration. Read it - then count your blessings for everything you have. And if you aren't where you want to be in life, figure out how you're going to get there - if Paul can do it, we all can too! Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Survival !! 10 July 2014
A true survivor in life.. From the day Paul was born til present..To survive everything that's been thrown at you and your still standing, loving and caring for your family, changing people's life's to be much healthier strong individuals, helping children in homes that need inspiration, charities and so much more !!

The best thing in life you can give people is your understanding and interpretation of their world and then you can relate to it somehow to your own life.

Both books I definately would recommend everyone to read.
I hope they make a film based on this extraordinary true story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having read Paul Connolly's first book 'Against all Odds' I was very eager to read his follow up book. It certainly lived up to my expectations.
It's a thoroughly compelling read and an incredible account of the turbulent life he led as a young man. Most of us couldn't possibly imagine the horror of his experiences and the impact upon him as he was growing up.
His story is a marvellous testimony to courage, an indomitable spirit, a positive attitude and an overwhelming desire to overcome the past in order to build a life to be proud of.
Paul is an inspiration!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars However I still enjoyed reading it
Although it was interesting to read some of the book went over the story from the first book against all odds. However I still enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by maureenj ones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read couldn't put the book down.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The gritty side of life that's difficult to believe still happens...
Harrowing story that is all too familiar with some less fortunate children. Not many have the strength to fight & break the cycle, its easier sometimes to become the waste of space... Read more
Published 23 days ago by andii lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' after first book
I'm glad Paul shared this part of his life with us as it made it perfectly clear how these demon's don't leave. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LINDA HARKIN
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book
An amazing and incredibly inspiring story that describes how making the right decisions in life is so important. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I Meck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
This book is an excellent read and a harrowing true story of a boy that grew up without a voice.. as a child you have no say in what happens I myself had I simulator kind of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Against All Odds - Paul Connolly has Beaten The Odds!
Paul Connoly's first book "Against All Odds" is a heartbreaking roller coaster ride. An amazing life story most of us can't even begin imagine living, yet Paul Connolly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debra Oakland
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional and Inspiring Read...
If you read Paul's first book. Against All Odds, you know that that his story is raw, honest and heart breaking. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leonora D'Angelo-Blitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up book to Against All Odds
Excellent follow up book to Against All Odds. I had trained with Paul for around 15 years and it was a shock to read some of the traumatic experiences he went through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR P R OXLADE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing again, just like the first bilk I couldn't stop reading, a real inspiration and a must read.
Published 6 months ago by fiona white
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