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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
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Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

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Reviews for ‘Damaged’:

'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net

‘Heartbreaking.' The Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’ The Sun

'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK!

‘Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass’s book should change all that.****’ First Magazine

‘A hugely touching and emotional true tale.’ Star Magazine

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Desperate to start a family, Cathy and her husband John volunteer as foster parents, and so begins their relationship with Dawn, a shy and polite thirteen-year-old whom Cathy treats as a daughter.

When Cathy discovers she is pregnant with a baby of her own, their lives seems to be complete, but it soon becomes obvious that Dawn is going to be much harder to help than they had first imagined.

Cathy awakes in the middle of the night to find Sawn standing over her baby's cot, and a nightmare begins. When Cathy asks Dawn about the scars covering her arms, Dawn insists there is nothing to tell.

Cathy slowly discovers the terrible childhood Dawn has had, rejected by her parents, left to fend for herself, then subjected to violent treatment by her relatives. But Cathy soon realizes that Dawn's worst enemy is herself.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2041 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (19 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280971
  • ASIN: B002RI91EO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book 21 Aug. 2008
By Bill
Another moving story from Cathy Glass. Once started I found it difficult to put the book down and was soon gripped by the story. As in her other two excellent books, the authors warmth and affection to her foster children comes through in her style of writing and makes her books very moving and also very readable. I found I just had to finish the book as soon as possible to find out how the story unfolds. The book is not just an eye opener on what terrible things can happen to innocent children and the struggles and difficulties they face as a result, but also shows how a truly caring person can help them and can make a real difference in their lives. Well done Cathy for another inspiring book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another thought provoking book................ 10 Sept. 2008
By kermit 333 VINE VOICE
the third book by Cathy Glass is as moving as the last two volumes. Cathy writes well without being over the top as so many of the "misery memoirs" can be. Cathy paints a picture of her very ordinary family (and I mean that as a compliment, not an insult) trying their best to give Dawn the best life they can. It is to be hoped that the social services do a better job now than they did 25 years ago. Without wishing to spoil the story for others their deliberate withholding of the facts about Dawn's upbringing could have been extremely damaging to the Glass family. The only thing that didn't ring true in fact was Cathys ( and also her husbands) reaction to those revelations........... I would have made an official complaint at least but I suppose that it would have stopped them fostering any more children.

It is also very interesting to learn about Cathys own life - maybe the next book will reveal more about her childrens early life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing 22 May 2009
By Free Spirit VINE VOICE
Kathy Glass has a wonderful style of writing that is simple, straight forward and tells the story how it is with facts and without gore, horror stories. This fact makes the impact of each story she writes far more dramatic.

This was a story about the first child she fostered and how it affected both her and her family. The fact that she endured what she did for Dawn given her own difficulties with a new baby of her own to care for, just re-iterates to me what an extraordinary person she is.

I could not put this book down, a sign of a brilliant book, I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

I found it sad that Dawn didn't keep in touch with Kathy but as Kathy said, maybe as she had moved on with her life, she found it difficult to look back at that year spent with her.

Great writing, great book.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable 15 Feb. 2012
Apparently I'm the only one on Amazon who didn't like this book.

There's nothing much wrong with the writing, though I did get irritated with the dialogue after a while because the author constantly calls everyone "love". What I didn't like was the exploitative nature of this book, and from looking at Glass's other publications it seems all her books are on the same theme. These are not her stories to tell. It makes me extremely uncomfortable that she is making money and gaining fame from writing about the abuse of children, children who aren't hers. Looking after them for a few months doesn't give her the right to write books about them, that is up to the survivors themselves. We do hear about the effects on Cathy and, to a lesser extent, her family (I wonder if her husband wanted to be distanced from these books as he is certainly a background character) it is really all about Dawn, and Dawn is certainly not receiving any of the profits from the book sales.

I also did not like the self-congratulatory feel of the book. Although Glass often talks about how she felt people would blame her for the suffering of the children in her care, it is clear that she always felt this would be unjust and that she was the only one doing the right thing for the child and it was everyone else's fault that it didn't work. Even more often it is mentioned how great a parent she is, often from the mouth of Dawn. Her website has the same tone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you must read this!!! 26 July 2009
just start to read this book and you won't be able to stop. one of the best books I have ever read!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 13 Mar. 2009
I have read all books by Cathy Glass what an inspirational, story she is a very talented writter,i found myself lost in the story able to imagine the fear and the pain that this girl felt also the emotion and the bond which was formed between Cathy and the child, you learn alot about the process of foster care and social services and what is involved if you want to read a book that you are unable to put down then you should read all book`s by Cathy Glass i was hooked from the moment i read damaged i went on to read cut then hidden and i cant wait for her new book the saddest girl in the world. keep writting Cathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUT: THE TRUE STORY OF AN ABANDONED LITTLE GIRL 29 April 2009
This is another moving story from Cathy Glass has wrote along with DAMAGED i have read, she is good ladie and author. Cathy is so loverly with these children and is amazing how she can get them poor childen to beleive in themselves and be strong in themselves.Cathy teaches us about childrens experience in how they cope from overcomming there fear, and show them how they can be loved and cared for. I have total respect for this outstanding ladie. I have bought HIDDEN and oredred THE SADDEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and look forward to reading them to see how she helps them children.
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