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Don't Ever Tell: Kathy's Story: A True Tale of a Childhood Destroyed by Neglect and Fear Mass Market Paperback – 18 May 2006


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845961463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845961466
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A devastating account of a stolen childhood . . . with this book [Kathy] succceeds magnificently" (Irish Independent)

"Her story is so horrific, it's almost unbelievable" (She Magazine)

"What's amazing is that not only has O'Beirne had the strength to survive decades of abuse but she has now had the courage to stand up and write about her experiences in an attempt to gain justice for herself and the many other women who suffered likewise" (Morning Star)

"This is already getting lots of coverage and rightly so. O'Beirne is a survivor but what she has endured will test the hardest heart" (Irvine & North Ayrshire Extra)

"An off-putting but essential read" (Sunday Tribune)

About the Author

Kathy O'Beirne has led the campaign for justice for Magdalen girls in Ireland for the past 11 years.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By fergus on 12 Nov 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
New book has just been published this week, gives the true account of what took place in Kathy's life. Have just read it (Kathy's real story), not on Amazon yet.

She has been totally discredited. This book gives all the facts, proving that much of what Kathy said was fantasy. She even said she was 5 yrs younger (her birth certificate is in this book). She bribed and persuaded some witnesses to agree with her versions of the abuse. At the lauch of this latest book, she was invited onto the RTE morning show and assaulted the author.

The great tragedy is that many children did suffer abuse in Magdelene Laundries, orphanages etc. In Ireland the Redress board seeks to compensate those who suffered. It now emerges that many have fabricated lies to seek more compensation. Further tragedy is added to those who did suffer. They are the vulnerable who cannot speak up for themselves and they are being punished by the likes of Kathy who do them such a diservice, they will all be tarred with the same brush.

If you read Kathy's Story, you need to read Kathy's other story. This is the proof that the family have been saying all along. Shame on you Kathy, for all the damage you continue to cause to those who did suffer
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By darkeyes on 17 Jun 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Afetr watching the channel 4 programme 'Lie Lab', I am disgusted that someone could make up such dreadful things and profit from selling them as 'a true story'. This book should be immediately put into the 'fiction' catagory and the words 'true story' deleted from the cover.

The worse thing is, that such dreadful things DO happen to some people and I was more than prepared to give Kathy the benefit of the doubt (after all most true abuse victims are not believed at some point). But the overwhelming evidence of all the tests on the programme, plus the fact that in the end Kathy excused herself from taking the lie test, when her brother, who disputed her story, was happy to take it and be proved to be telling the truth, left me with only one conclusion.

My heart goes out to all the REAL victims of child abuse and I wish there could be a way for all the money earned from this fabrication to be given to child abuse victims, instead of lining this wicked woman's pocket.

I urge you not to buy this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By trac on 17 Jun 2007
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I read this book and was a little weary if it could be true, I was un-sure how she suffered so horrific, never involved hospital reports, or some collaboration of her beatings, spell in the mag centre and or, loss of her baby. I watched the program last night ( lie lab channel 4 )and was horrified that her brother and her were booked to take a test in the lie lab, one, her brother passed, one, she refused at the end....Meaning this book is total fiction and this authors work should be taken off the shelves. Does she realise the damage she has done to other authors. I also read "A house full of whispers.....whose author IS having a polygraph test Monday 18th June. It is criminal what this horrible woman has written and her book should be stopped NOW. I am not sure if I ever want to read another story that says it's a true account how will we ever know....I will wait for the results of Sharon Wallace polygraph, author of the above mentioned book. May be that will restore some faith in me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on 28 Nov 2012
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As has been well documented by now, "Kathy's Story/Don't Ever Tell" was an elaborate hoax. The whole unsavory case tells us a lot about the culture of lies, deceit and false accusations targeting the Catholic Church since 2002. The book became a best-seller in Ireland and Britain. Yes, incredibly, 400,000 people were conned. In reality, they are but a tiny fraction of the millions who have been duped over the last decade.

Kathy O'Beirne claims she spent years as a slave to sadistic nuns in the Magdalene laundries (institutions run by the Catholic church to house young women and unmarried mothers), how she was raped there by two priests, gave birth at the age of 13, and how she had her hand thrust into boiling fat by her alcoholic father.

It came as little surprise when family, friends, official records and respected journalist Hermann Kelly (author of "Kathy's Real Story") revealed that this deeply disturbed former psychiatric patient, who has a criminal record for dishonesty, made it all up.

The daughter she claims she bore at the age of 13 did not exist. And a priest who allegedly raped and beat her suffered from such severe arthritis he could not even shake hands. Moreover, she tried to bribe a friend (Margaret Power) to be a "witness" to that rape. According to official records and eyewitness statements, she was never even in a Magdalene laundry. Nonetheless, she has threatened to have those who challenge her account "dealt with."

A planned sequel to the book was unceremoniously dumped by publisher Hodder Headline in 2009.

Of course, lurid tales of child abuse and misery sell books and newspapers. False accusations can yield significant financial gain, and seldom receive or even require corroboration.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Mclaughlin on 17 Jan 2007
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I have never written a book review before but felt compelled to do so after reading this book. I read it cover to cover in one night. The author isn't the best writer I have ever come across but her story tore at my heart. I have to admit I was ignorant to these places called the Magdeline Laundries.

My grandfather was brought up in children's homes run by the nuns and although he never went into great detail he always maintained the nuns and priests in such a place were cruel heartless people. After reading this book my eyes are opened to the horrendous things that happened in these so called `houses of God' and now I wish I could something to help those tortured victims. A fantastic book to read and gain an insight to the misery that these poor people suffered....my eyes are open to how lucky I am and my heart is heavy for all those who had to endure such a place
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