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Kathy's Real Story: A Culture of False Allegations Exposed [Paperback]

Hermann Kelly
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Book Description

5 Nov 2007
This is a compelling read and a shocking story, which begins with shame and ends with the triumph of an Irish family over false allegations of abuse. The family of best-selling author Kathy O'Beirne tells the real story behind her book, casting light on a destructive culture of false allegations hurting innocent people in Ireland.

Kathy O'Beirne's book, Kathy's Story (Don't Ever Tell in Britain) alleged that she was abused by her father, experimented upon in a psychiatric hospital, raped by priests and then slammed up in a Magdalene Laundry where she had a baby at 14.

Abused or abuser? Brave truth-teller or a money-grabbing fraudster?
See the evidence, hear from those who knew her as she grew up.
Read of people being bribed to bear false witness while others were threatened.

One chapter examines some of the most notorious accusations against lay and religious people in Ireland and explores if they stand up to close scrutiny and police investigation; It looks at what effect a 1bn Government compensation scheme has had.

The book rounds off with a quick-paced ride through global best-sellers which have turned out to be literary frauds.
This gripping read is the ultimate antidote against `misery literature'. It is a parable of hope, showing that the truth is stronger than fiction, and more surprising too.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prefect Press (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906351007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906351007
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journalist Hermann Kelly is a regular contributor to The Irish Mail on Sunday and The Irish Examiner (two national newspapers). He has done a wealth of research, interviewing Kathy O'Beirne, her family, co-author, publisher and many others.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is stranger than fiction.... 13 Sep 2012
An outstanding expose of the culture and lynch mob mentality
which ensures that truth may not break through the wall of an alternative agenda.
An invaluable investigation which likely will never receive
the same level of attention from the mass media,for whatever reason,as the tale which
prompted it.Should be used in educational settings,particularly media and legal,to
highlight the ease with which damaging accusations can be propogated and believed despite absence of real evidence.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Doogie
I am one of them people who read Kathy's book and left a review on Amazon giving her support and rated her book highly, what an idiot I have been! This book was brought to my attention as I hadn't heard about people saying her book was lies. This book gave clear hard facts about Kathy's book, the author spoke to different people and got evidence to support the different stages of Kathy's REAL life.
I do feel conned by Kathy and by the publishers who didn't even bother to check out her story. This book gave information that I didn't know about her life, about the publishing world of books and about the number of people accuse and are accused of terrible abuse.
I recommend this book as it gives clear facts in stages and it makes total sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debating History 8 Nov 2007
It is really fascinating how Hermann Kelly has investigated the story behind "Kathy's Story". As yet, no one has refuted his evidence, so there are grave doubts about that book.

This work is very similar to that of Daniel Ganzfried, a Swiss journalist who had the courage to look closely at Benjamin Wilkormirski, a literary hoaxer who was at one time winning prizes as a Holocaust memoirialist. Readers interested in this topic might also like to look at Stefan Maechler, "The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study in Biographical Truth."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth... Kathy is a liar 18 Dec 2007
There's nothing more I can say... read this journalist's book for facts, and nothing but facts.

It angers me how people are under Kathy's spell... I was until I took the time to read up about her on the internet, which lead me to this book.

Read this book.
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