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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (11 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908910283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908910288
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A storybook romance swept KB Walker from her American childhood to marriage, life and a teaching career in Yorkshire. Still captivated by the countryside after more than thirty years, Kimm enjoys bracing walks on the moors with her dog.

Becoming an author seemed as likely as being a princess or an astronaut but after twenty years at the chalk-face, Kimm left schools behind and set her mind to the dream. She's had several poems, short stories and articles published, won a handful of local prizes, as well as being invited to speak at events in the UK and US.

Kimm's two grown up sons have left home now but in 1996, fifteen year old James was diagnosed and survived cancer against the odds. A Life Less Lost, her memoir of that experince, was published in 2009.

A foodie, Kimm recently discovered the joys of grow-your-own, loves 'doing up' old houses, reading, badminton, skiing and various crafts.

Her debut novel, Once Removed, was published in 2012 by Crooked {Cat} Publishing.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2012
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*Full disclosure: the author sent me a copy of this novel in the hope that I would review it. All opinions are my own.*

I was excited to read this novel as I instantly realised it would touch on some very topical, sensitive themes and I was curious to see how the author would handle them.

This is the story of newly-qualified teacher Abriella (Abby), a woman with a bit of an emotional background of her own, and who recognises in twelve-year-old pupil Beth, that *something* is also amiss. Abby isn't sure if Beth is being bullied or if she is self-harming, but as she tries to get close to the girl and be her confidant, the repurcussions may have disastrous consequences for both of them...

I enjoyed the way the author tackled this story from various perspectives as it gave the reader a chance to understand more deeply what was happening in the narrative, which flowed very well. I feel that Beth's voice and emotions were depicted realistically and to be honest, my heart broke at what she was going though and at the secrets she was bottling up inside. Though I liked Abby enough, I have to confess that it took me a long time to warm to her, which I think was supposed to be the point as her background was slowly unravelled. Initially I felt her weak and unable to stand up for herself, with both her family and her abhorent boyfriend, though this frustration did eventually pass, and I found myself caring about what would happen to her too.

The settings felt authentic and the development of the main characters was solid, though I have to say that I didn't particularly warm to any of Abby's friends much- aside from Ryan. I also loathed most of her family, and low-self esteem issues aside, I still can't believe she put up with how they treated her!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alison Brook on 7 May 2012
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This is an easy-to-read book which is hard to put down; infact, I was still reading it in the early hours as it had me hooked from beginning to end. KB Walker really gets into the head of an abused young teenager with low self esteem. It highlights the difficulties faced by teachers when dealing with youngsters with clear emotional issues/suspected abuse. It is a thoroughly good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Calder on 19 May 2012
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KB Walker draws us into the dark heart of the sensitive subject of self-harming, an all too common perplexing aspect of human behaviour. She explores the subject through the eyes of an apparently naïve trainee teacher and one of her history pupils. We watch in horror as the teacher goes way out on a limb beyond the sensible modern limits for teacher/pupil relationships to try to get to the root cause of the pupil's problem. The inevitable happens and the teacher ends up as the accused for a period before the police identify the problem within the family. It is very much a story of family relationships and the undermining effect on individuals when these are destructive. Gradually, we become aware of the reason for the teachers motivation to help and the cathartic effect that the experience has on her. The writing shows considerable insight and sensitivity in handling a difficult topic. I found the book very absorbing and read it in a day. It is strongly recommended for specialist and general readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardiner on 28 Dec. 2012
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'Once Removed' touches on a difficult subject with great insight and sensitivity. The novel brilliantly examines how children respond to being abused or exploited - in a range of ways - by selfish, ignorant adults, and then how it affects their self-esteem or even their self-value as an individual. We also get to see how some adults fail to cope with emotionally damaging memories from their own childhood. This is definitely a 'crossover' novel that teenagers and adults would benefit from reading.

With its dual first-person narrative, 'Once Removed' allows us into the mind of a young female teacher as well as that of a teenage girl. Both characters possess emotional depth. Abby is a compassionate soul with a genuine sense of vocation and developed sense of empathy, whose only real flaws are her own naivety and understandable insecurity. Beth is a teenager trying to make sense of a world dominated by uncaring and ignorant adults. Other characters also blaze across the pages: struggling parents; egotistic boyfriend; school bully; suspicious neighbours; plus a range of various 'bystanders' who could have done something, but stood back in denial.

As a teacher myself, I fully recognise the world, characters and situations depicted here. K.B. Walker has written an important novel which teachers, parents and teenagers need to read. 'Once Removed' is poignant, moving and challenging like great literature should be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Thomas on 10 May 2012
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K.B.Walker is a very good storyteller and Once Removed is, I felt, a story close to her heart. When I read the author's notes after I'd finished the book, I understood why.
The two main characters, Abriella and Beth, have very low self esteem and they have developed similar ways to cope with their self-loathing. However, Abriella Garside is ten years older than Beth, and recognises the emotional pain and signs of self abuse that she sees in the girl. Abriella is desperate to help Beth, but finds that, as her teacher, her efforts are often misconstrued.
I was totally absorbed. This is not the sort of novel that I would normally read, but I was quickly drawn in by the characters and the plot. Having worked in schools for many years until retirement, the setting and dialogue had a real authenticity for me. It was not only a book about abuse, self abuse and how to deal with these terrible problems, but also about making judgements on people without knowing the whole story. We are all guilty of this at some time or other and it does no harm to be reminded of this.
Once Removed is a well-constructed, absorbing novel, which I recommend to anyone who likes real life, gritty stories.
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