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Breaking the Chain: Abuse, Revenge, Redemption - The True Story of a Damaged Childhood [Kindle Edition]

Andy McQuade
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Andy McQuade was just twelve years old when he plunged an axe into the head of his father. After suffering years of sadistic abuse at his hands, and watching his mother slowly lose the will to live, it seemed his only option. However, his father survived the attack, dying several years later, a shadow of his former self, leaving his son to live with the overwhelming guilt of his actions.

At sixteen, Andy ran away from home and moved to London, where he lived as a near-derelict, became addicted to drugs, and worked as a dealer. At seventeen, he overdosed on heroin and 'technically' died, coming round three days later in a filthy bedsit. Realizing that it was time for a change, he made the decision to turn his life around. From these traumatic beginnings Andy has become a successful actor and director. Breaking the Chain is the story of his incredible journey encompassing abuse and revenge, and of his struggle for redemption.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (18 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X4WCGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece! 11 April 2008
By Bobbie
Format:Paperback
`Breaking The Chain' is like no other book I have ever read. Both heartbreaking and heart-warming, it had me in tears while other parts of the story made me laugh.
Although the tragic and horrific content is very disturbing, the overall feel of this brutally honest autobiography is uplifting rather than depressing.
Perhaps the most astounding thing about this book is that despite all the abuse and violence suffered, it is written without any trace of resentment or bitterness. Instead it is full of compassion, love, warmth and humour, which makes it all the more moving.
The beautiful, rich and colourful style of writing is so powerful and captivating that I literally felt sucked into the events as if I experienced them first-hand, rather than just reading about them.
I consider this compelling book a true masterpiece and urge anyone to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standout Book 27 Nov. 2011
Format:Paperback
What an interesting bloke.
Andy McQuade charts the twists and turns of his life far beyond the abuse of his early days.
And there are a lot of twists and turns.
A really well-written book, I highly recommend it. (Surprised this is only the 2nd Amazon review).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!!!! 7 Jan. 2013
By maz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has everything, one minute your laughing the next crying, it got me hooked just wanting to know if he made it!! You did it Andy a brilliant first book, I hope you write more you have the gift!!
So many ups & downs, & well done for forgiving, I think that is the key to breaing the chain!!
I think someone up there was watching over you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing endurance of the human spirit 13 Jan. 2013
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A true story which is very honest and leads you through the amazing ups and downs and showing at all times how he was supported by friends and angels. I could not put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the chain 8 Jan. 2013
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Was one of best books I've read.it made me look at my own life and how I have held on to things in past that arnt worth holding on to and letting them destroy your future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the chain 27 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoughtful and well written book of a harrowing childhood and how the authors ordeal shaped his future. A powerful, tragic but inspiring story.
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