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Daddy's Little Earner: A heartbreaking true story of a brave little girl's escape from violence Hardcover – 7 Jan 2008


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; First Edition edition (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007268750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007268757
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘[a] heartbreaking true story’
South Wales Argus

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Maria Landon was a teenage prostitute with a drink and drugs habit when she became pregnant with her first child. The arrival of the baby changed everything and, having been through counselling to help deal with her past, she then began to teach personal development. Her aim is to help people who have been taught as children to think that they are worthless, a technique her father used to keep her in his power. She is now the mother of two sons aged 19 and 22.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a really sad story, made even more so by the fact that Maria (the author) and I are the same age. As I read the book I compared my life to what was happening to her and this was really, really sad. The author explained herself and reasoning so well and I could understand just how her life was the way it was. However, Maria triumphed and overcame the years of abuse turning into a respectable woman and mother. I enjoyed this story and found it to be a really good read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jun. 2008
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This truely is a horrific story it is well worth reading if only to highlight what adults should be looking for in children who they believe to be at risk. Maria paints a picture of a terribly shy child to the point of mute when adults were involved but no one bothered to question her alone or try to break down her defences to find out why she was so quiet and withdrawn.
Stories like this are becoming more and more common, i am not saying that what happened to Ria was normal but the walls of silence are breaking away so the predators cant get away with it anymore. The one thing that does puzzle is me is there is no mention of her brothers at the end it would have been nice to know they had turned their lives around to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gargett on 13 April 2008
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A sad story, which you will not be able to put down. However the ending was open and it would appear likely that there will be a second book! Hate it when they do that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Martin on 9 Nov. 2009
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I have had this book on my wish list for about a year now. I was put off purchasing it because of the title. I felt that the book would be a poorly written, seedy account of pain, sexual abuse and victimisation and not something I wish to know about. Well, yes it is, but it is much more than that...

It is an amazing book! And not simply because of the subject matter, but the prose must stand amongst the best British literature and "Laurie Lee", immediately springs to mind. You may think as you read through the chapters, that, Maria, must have had an astoundingly good editor, then as you read on, you come to realise, this woman is brilliant!

You will cry with her and then you will laugh with her. The brutality will horrify you, the irony will sadden you, but the love she has for her father has no bounds. He is a bully, who seeks the attention of prostitutes for his narcissistic fix. An alcoholic, a gambling junky and pimp, who is in and out of prison. Her mother, a beautiful woman, who did love him, he turns into a prostituted woman and then, she leaves him. How can any woman love such a selfish egotist, but his daughter did. As she repeatedly, says, "He is all, I have". "I am sure deep down somewhere, he must love me".

The introduction ends with the paragraph: "Every little girl has the potential to be a pop star a ballerina, a doctor, a barrister, a policewoman or a prostitute, but to make the right choices they need support and guidance from the people whose responsibility it is to care for them. With a dad like mine, I never stood a chance." Absolutely correct, Maria!

On her birth Maria's father joked that, he would make her the best prostitute on the block. By age nine, Maria's father was abusing her.
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Maria is a very important person in my life, she is so full of joy and happiness and has the most amazing, big smile ever and after reading her books (Daddy's little earner and Escaping daddy) i realised just how strong she really is! She shows so much confidence, love and care even though all of this has happened in her past. She is so, so brave!! She now has two perfect, grown up children and beautiful grandchildren and is living her live to the full.. her books are a must buy!! when reading her stories, you feel all of the emotions and heartaches which she explains and as you read on and everything brightens up for her, you cry with happiness to know she is ok and that she is happy. I love 'Ria so much! She is such an inspiration to so many peoples live's. Well done Ria xxx
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"This is the true story of a little girl who after suffering abuse from an early age. Was then later to find herself being pimped out at the age of thirteen. All through this period in and out of care battling with that undying, unwavering love and the want of it. Abandoned by her escaping mum. What chance did she have? "Right from the start... he used to joke that he was going to make you the best little prostitute on the block." But she survived to tell her harrowing story. And to go on to be a mother of two. (There is now a sequel Escaping Daddy)".

A review I did for my website. I also showed it to Maria who approved. Thanks Maria.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Brigden on 6 April 2008
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This book was an incrediable read and i read it within a few days, i just couldnt put it down. The courage Maria Landon (the author) had to live through what she lived through and to come out the other side is incrediable. I resepect that and if one person can come through the other side anyone esle who is living in fear can do the same. The book was incrediable read!
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I'm not sure that I'm qualified to review something as important as these genre's of books. However with so much going wrong with modern society - how on earth are parents expected to protect the most important things in their lives? Their children. Without books that can help them formulate a way out of the morass that is destroying them - then more of these children would have to endure the same dreadful conditions, instead of just being - A CHILD...!
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