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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; First Edition edition (5 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007236344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236343
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

‘Heartbreaking.' The Mirror

'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

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A deeply moving story of how one foster carer's profound
patience and love unlocked a little girl's darkest, most painful secrets

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Curlybing on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is not for the feint hearted; it broke my heart, poor poor Jodie. This child has suffered at the hands of monsters. Cathy is a saint, she went above and beyond the realms of a foster carer. She is truly and angel sent to care for "damaged" children. This book is adictive for all the wrong reasons; the things this child has suffered is beyond comprehension. This is an increadiby good book but only read it if you feel strong enough too; I feel this book could evoke strong memories for people who have been in a similar situation as Jodie. It makes me appreciate everything I am and greatful that I was brought up in a kind loving family. A very very good read but shocking and heart breaking.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Davies on 28 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've read a fair amount of memoirs, there's a lot about now. But this is the first book i have felt compelled to write about, i finished this book in 2 days!!
This book is different in the way that it's written and the angle for which it's written. It is captivating, heartbreaking, and so insightful it would either convince you to become a foster carer or put you off for life.
A truly insperational book, not only for the victim but also for those who truly cared about her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan Sutton on 14 Aug. 2007
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This outstanding book should be read by anyone considering fostering children and by professionals who work with children who have suffered traumatic early experiences. Single handedly, Cathy Glass takes on the difficult task of fostering "Jodie", a young girl whose deep emotional distress shows itself through her destructive behaviour towards herself and others. It demonstrates clearly the difficulties faced by foster parents, and the inordinate amount of patience and empathy required to help children whose childhoods have been destroyed by child abuse. I have read many books on the subject of child abuse and self-harm, none of which have touched me as profoundly as this one. It brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions. Congratulations Cathy on writing so sensitively about a tricky subject, and well done to your other children for their caring - they are a real credit to you and your courage. Lastly, my heart goes out to "Jodie" an amazing and brave little girl.

Jan Sutton (author of Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds and SIARI (Self-Injury and Related Issues) website: [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on 15 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I started this book on the Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon i had finished it. I couldnt put it down. This a truly harrowing story of one little girls survival from sexual abuse and the way in which this has effected her daily life. Cathy talks about Jodies stuggle to come to terms with what has happened to her, the awful behaviour that Jodie showed and the stuggle that Jodie had with a split personality disorder. Cathy shows that these children really do need help and that social services are very slow to act on the information that they have to hand. The fact that Jodie had been in and out of hospital since she was a baby and that not one of her social workers read through the two suitcases of notes about her case is absolutley awful. I am full of admiration for Cathy taking on this little girl and showing her the love, affection and care that she so desperatley needed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mumof3 on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
as a mother to 3 children and a person who did suffer child abuse as a young child myself, this was a very difficult read and yet, therapeutic in some ways. admiration is not the word for how i feel about Cathy Glass, and women like her who devote their souls, never mind their time and energy to children like Jodie, and i understand some of the feelings expressed ina very real and existent way. when are the social services and the government going to get up and realise that this is what is wrong with society today, family life is breaking down and no body seems to notice. Jodie wherever u are, i hope that your soul is in one piece. heartfelt appreciation to you and Cathy for allowing your story in the public domain where it may save another hurting childs life.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. WALKER on 21 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully written book about fostering a VERY challenging child. Cathy Glass comes across as a very caring and remarkable women who was willing to take on a child that others had written off.

As the child called Jodie reveals the true extent of her abuse to her foster carer Cathy, it is truly a disturbing read and thank god Cathy stuck by Jodie and supported her in a positive way unlike her Social Worker who is heavily criticised.

Unfortunately the happy ending the reader will wish for Jodie does not materialise and the end of the book is heartbreaking.

Well done to Cathy for bringing Jodie's case to the public eye. It only takes one person like Cathy to make a difference to an abused child's life.

HEARTBREAKING BUT A MUST READ
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Addicted 2 Reading on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of books out there that tell the story of how children are wrongly abused and I have read the reviews on these books. In each different review I read how it made that particular person cry but yet I never did. However when reading Damaged there was a number of occasions when I couldn't stop myself from crying. I read this book in just under three days as I'm sure most people do when they read it. Cathy writes in a way that you feel as if your there with Jodie when she finally opens up about something that happened to her. You feel as if your there calming Jodie down after one of her heartbreaking fits.
Unlike other authors Cathy tells you about Jodie's progress as she grows up and its in that last chapter that I cried the most. If ever I was to be inspired to become a foster carer then this book would be my inspiration!
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