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Little Drifters: Kathleen's Story [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen O'Shea
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The harrowing true story of a travelling Irish family bonded by love, broken apart by life, and then betrayed by their carers in a cruel convent in Ireland.

“For those who we lost along the way, I tell this story. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. For all those I consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who lost their minds, the ones who drown their memories everyday in a bottle of whisky, I tell this for you.

Because in the end we are all brothers and sisters – and if we don’t feel that bond of love between each other, just as human beings, then we are nothing. We are no better than the monsters that ran the convents.”

Based in Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Kathleen’s story is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for recompense. But more than that, it is a story of courage, survival and the incredible strength of sibling bonds against overwhelming adversities.

Out of terrible darkness comes a remarkable story. In the tradition of Irish storytelling, Kathleen offers a mesmerising account of her family’s experience.



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About the Author

Kathleen O’Shea is a pseudonym. When Kathleen was awarded compensation in 2002 under the Residential Institutions Redress Act for the abuse she endured in the convent she was forced to sign a gagging clause that prevents her from identifying herself or the institutions involved in her traumatic childhood. But she is still determined to speak out, so now does so anonymously.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007532288
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FVE4QVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read 6 Mar. 2014
By Aradia
Format:Paperback
Kathleen’s story is a brave true account of a horrific and tragic childhood endured with unbelievable strength and unconditional love. The narrative is simple yet powerfully engaging with a hint of child-like innocence to it. Although the abuse of power by religious authorities and people entrusted with the wellbeing of children are nothing new, the sheer wickedness and unfortunate turn of events surrounding Kathleen’s life are sometimes hard to comprehend. But the interplay between various emotional elements makes the book all the harder to put down; it is both tragic and inspiring at the same time. Kathleen has not only shown to the public through this gem of a book how fragile familial bond can be if not cherished but also how love and compassion can be a powerful enough reasons to continue living despite life’s hardships and seemingly cruel fate. This is a book that will put you through an emotional roller coaster ride but also one that will leave you with a strange sense of comfort that even when your life has taken an awful turn, there is light, no matter how dim, at the end of the tunnel, that will give you the strength to continue to find the way to your happy ending.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little drifters 7 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I give this book 5 stars.
Although it was harrowing to read it outlined the facts of child abuse and the fight to get these institutions closed down and bring the abusers to light.

I wish the family much luck for the future.
Truly wonderful and brave people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly inspirational!! 6 Mar. 2014
By Alana
Format:Paperback
Very sad and inspiring. This book had such a big impact on me. The shocking events that unfolded in this story had me had me reaching for tissues. I commend kathleen for being brave and telling her story in such a touching and loving way.

Truly great and inspiring book.
Easy infectious read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 6 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
Absolutely fantastic read! Couldn't put this book down and had to read it in one day. Its a truly shocking, emotional heartbreaking story! So sad that abuse like this happened and was swept under the carpet. Such brave children! Must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 April 2014
By annie
Format:Paperback
What a powerful book with an exceptional story. I spent a day reading this book. I was totally engrossed. I found the author told an honest account of a traumatic childhood. It wasn't exaggerated like some of the terrible books I've read. What I absolutely loved was the bond between siblings, the fun adventures they had. I adored the scenic descriptions and in my mind it was every bit as picturesque. The neglect the children suffered saddened me very much and to be let down by adults in such terrible ways is just awful. But if you haven't read this book I recommend it so very highly. As I closed this book I sighed and thought what a journey this author put me through 5 stars all the way!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 25 Feb. 2014
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Heart breaking I could not put this book down unbelievable it made me angry and then protective , what brave children x
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, family love conquers all 12 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
LITTLE DRIFTERS, where do I start. The beginning starts with a large family who clearly love each other. Due to kathleens father's alcholism and depression, the life of this young girls family begins to shatter leading to an early start of negelect. Because of this Kathleen and her siblings are then institutionalised by a catholic run convent. During her years there Kathleen and her siblings are divided, abused (emotionally, mentally, physically and sexually). I am horrified that ALL of the abuse they endured was IGNORED and swept under the carpet. Then to be abused again in their adult lives by the redress board is unforgivable. What justice is giving all these victims gagging orders and all those who committed these awful crimes to NOT be named and to walk free. Absolutley outrageous. Kathleen you are a very brave women, congratulations on getting your story out!

This is a fantasic read, and i highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well told shocking story 3 Mar. 2014
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Kathleen's story is vividly told and all the more shocking because it is simply narrated.
it is not just the abuse she endured at the convent, it is the chaotic childhood recalled with such affection that makes one realise how truly deprived she and her family were..
This book was easy to read and hard to endure.
Well done Kathleen for having the courage to "go public" on your shocking past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good book, though slightly disturbing in content.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Barkham
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling
I give this book five stars because it has such meaning and heart. It is very sad and reflects on a very hard upbringing and struggles in a child's young life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down. A harrowing tale of deprivation, separation, physical and sexual abuse held together by the wonderful sibling love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BookCrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved the whole book it was such a sad story ...
I absolutely loved the whole book it was such a sad story but also very inspirational . Thank you for sharing your story.
Published 2 months ago by Lucy111
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an incredible read! It took me so emotional to finish.
Published 3 months ago by Aishah Sakina
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it. Brought on kindle for myself then went ...
Absolutely loved it. Brought on kindle for myself then went on to buy the book for family to read. Excellent and very well written. Fantastic
Published 3 months ago by ELAINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely story
Published 3 months ago by j
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good story, very sad as its a true account ...
a very good story, very sad as its a true account of a family who were split up and put in care, not all of the homes good either.
Published 4 months ago by yvonneseabourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very sad hard to believe its based on a true story
Published 4 months ago by janet goode
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It never ceases to amaze me how abuse gets swept under the carpet. Books like this help to bring it out in to the open.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs R Walmsley
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