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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848761546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848761544
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa WB was born in Leicestershire in the 1960's and has remained in close proximity to the area where she grew up. She is happily married to Patrick who is from Switzerland, and they have two children and many animals including rescued Billy goats and poultry.

A Fine Line is her first published book and it has received fantastic praise from the medical world.The ebook version has been a bestseller for nearly 5 years in several categories.

Lisa has achieved a (1.1) First Class (Honours) Psychology degree, and hopes it will help give further insight to child abuse in her next book. She also gained a Counselling Diploma with Distinction. The Government website The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills were so impressed with Lisa's achievements they asked her to be a role model for adult learning and Lisa is helping to film a video about education for adults. Lisa is keen to promote the fact that having a disability does not mean you cannot achieve your goals.

Lisa is currently updating her website www.afineline-lisawb.co.uk to help support mental health issues and raise awareness for child abuse and other trauma.She has also published the sequel to A Fine Line A Balance to Survive.
The Survival ebook by Lisa WB has also been a best seller in several genres on Amazon.

Lisa also believes in better support for families with children who have special needs, and believes that the parents should have more support available and easier access to SEN statements.

The medics and police state that Lisa has survived against the odds, Lisa is passionate to show that people who have survived trauma can live normal lives. She believes that it is through reading books like A Fine Line and other true experiences, that people can gain insight which may lead to better understanding and support. This has been endorsed by leading professionals in the medical world.

Lisa Whenham-Bossy MBPsS HSC would like to thank everyone who has read her books and hopes that other survivors will share their accounts so that the more awareness about child abuse will introduce better management and also allows other survivors to be able to relate to some of the experiences. This also introduces insight for the professionals who manage child abuse cases.

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a courageous and moving story written by a courageous woman, in which she describes vividly her experiences of some of the best and the worst of human behaviour. It should provide help and insight to many people who are enduring mental suffering. It is a powerful lesson for those who live with, care and provide support for people with mental disturbance and those who administer health-care systems --Prof. Frederick Toates, co-author of Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour

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The book is a true account of severe child abuse and the ambiguous care after in a psychiatric unit. The book has been praised by the medics for the non biased approach and feedback of the care. The British Psychology Society have praised the book and mentioned it in their newseletter. The Educational Psychology service, Liaison Psychiatry, Social Services, Counselling, CAMHS and many more professionals have praised and supported the book. The Chief Executive of Leics NHS Trust has bought a number of copies for the Senior Managers of the NHS and he has recommended different staff to read the book. Old Middle Foster home an affiliate of The Retreat in Yorkshire has nominated the book for Mind Book of The Year Award. The author has received many messages of support and thanks from the public. People have stated the book has helped them understand other people better. The aim of the book is to a raise awareness of child abuse and help promote better understanding and care for people with mental health issues including trauma.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I brought this book without really reading the reviews, rarely do you get a book about a patient from a hospital. And I have to say, it was a very very interesting book to read! Some bits made me gasp and feel angry, parts made me want to hug the writer and tell her not everyone in the world is bad. I am only 18 (well 17, but 18 in a week)...and I did at one point ask my mum "Why do some people seem to be made to suffer, where as others don't even get touched by evil people".

This book is absolutely amazing, and makes you look at child abuse the mental health system in a completely new light.

Thank you for writing this book, I read it in 2 days, just couldn't put it down...except where it made me so angry I wanted to smash my kindle!

You are an amazing writer and woman! I wish you all the luck in your life. And to people thinking of purchasing this book. Do it! You won't regret it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By caff han on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I stumbled upon this book by chance via Facebook. This I am ever thankful for.. I had downloaded it for weeks before I read it. .
However once I started I couldn't put it down. I found that this author provided us with such insight to the character you almost felt you were her..
As formally trained as a psychiatric nurse it actually made me question myself. Did I ever treat a mental health patient with as little respect as the author had At times been shown??? Every mental health worker should read this..
The level of abuse that the author suffered was described in a very heartfelt way. There was no way you didn't know how much loathing the author felt for both the abuser and for herself. Obviously she couldn't control this abuse and hid it from loved ones as only an abused Child/ Adult can..Also she made us undersand the hardship suffered wen not understanding why her loving parents didn't notice the signals of abuse..
I definitely felt this book provided me with a certain amount of catharsis. It was difficult to read at times but None of the books containing this sort of abuse is considered light reading.
I most certainly would never describe the abuse scenes as being titillating.. That's actually a gross comment from a previous reviewer..
Really glad the author has managed to turn her life around and I'm so glad she was spared by God to help so many with her tail..
thanks
Caff Han
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lebsy on 21 Sept. 2012
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I was not sure if to enroll to the University in a Nurse Mental Health, or Adult or child course, but after to read the description of this book I felt attracted to read it...
It was a very good choice! As I already work with adults with challenging behaviour, this book gave me the insight of how, from the perspective of the customer, their lives could be, their fears, how some "professinals" treat them and in general the fight to recover their lives.

I read this book in a couple of days, it made me feel angry at times, sad and/or happy for the effort this woman put into get back her life. I will recommend it to anybody that at the moment feels its alone, as this will show you there are lots of other people, families struggling with mental health problems. And to others that like me want to know more, this is an easy book to follow with a very interesting history.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S Heaney on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
An incredible book that is very thought provoking and leaves you with a broad range of emotions - to name a few -
Revoltion, sadness, joy at how Lisa has survived and her own family are now thriving!
It's amazing that Lisa has the inner strength to write her experiences and publish them. I'm sure if other people have been through similar situations reading this will help them with their healing process.

Such an insight into the life of a very special and talented person,
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By Sarah on 10 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Having just finished the book i really don't know what to think, having mental health problems myself i can totally empathise with the sometimes lack of care from the supposed 'professionals' and you do have to question why some people practice mental health when they are quite clearly lacking (is it one of the easiest paths in the medical profession? as often from a patients view it looks like that)..

As for the author i'm just unsure, but i wasn't abused and cannot compare any of my life experience to what she went through but i often felt sad and even dismayed she didn't seem to have any fight in her only flight. Maybe some people aren't born with a little fire in their belly and i think perhaps she was one of those people and as such struggled more so especially with the negative people surrounding her which led into situations she couldn't cope with. With this in mind i'm sorry to say i did question the validity of the book and was she simply delusional in making excuses for her mental health as if she thinks there should be a valid reason for it.
The book lurched so much at one point i wondered if Sandra was a fictional character in her head, why weren't these people found, charged and held accountable? I hope to god they didn't go onto abuse other vulnerable people/children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on 17 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book after seeing it was recommended by the BPS. It did not disappoint. I think the form, structure, language and inclusions were all well thought out in order to reflect the emotions 'Bridget' was experiencing. It engaged the reader, allowing them to empathise with what she experienced, which didn't always make logical sense. Rather, she followed her emotions, and they were erratic at times. It displayed the problems of mental health issues well using these methods.
The end of the book was how it should be..my favourite part..it sums up the feeling I have very succinctly and simplistically. At the end of the day, the complexities of life boil down to these simple sentiments. It was very well done, and you have inspired people like me! The author should be very proud of herself! The book was indeed a true story.. but even if it weren't and I knew anyone were to resemble the main character in the book, even remotely, I would be very proud of them. I'm sure it has changed a lot of people's lives! I would recommend reading this book if you are interested in Psychology, the health care/mental health systems and therapy units; have been through or have an interest in learning more about child abuse, sexual abuse, familial dysfunction, problems of low self-esteem, or the behavioural patterns which are a product of many mental health issues. It affirms the desire of many with mental health problems to strive for a simplistically happy, normal, peaceful life.
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