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One Little Speck: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's Journey from Rock Bottom to Recovery
 
 

One Little Speck: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's Journey from Rock Bottom to Recovery [Kindle Edition]

Gaynor Goodchild
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As a child, Gaynor had many roles to play - parent to her baby brother, rescuer to her beaten mother and, most of all, keeper of the family secrets. She witnessed and experienced things that no child should and, aged 13, she took her first sip of whisky and thought she’d found sanctuary. She grew up fast and was soon bunking off school and spending all her time in pubs, being bought drinks by unsavoury men.

Gaynor’s story illustrates how easy it is to find yourself out of control. Small, slippery steps gradually got her into a horrific situation involving abusive men, drink, drugs, prostitution, self-harm and serious mental illness which stripped her of the ability to love herself or even her daughter.

Having endured more than humanly possible and been a victim of her own destructive behaviour for so long, Gaynor finally managed to take steps to beat her demons for good. One Little Speck is the remarkable story of her journey from hopeless rock-bottom to recovery.

Gaynor is now a qualified counsellor who hopes to help others overcome their addictions. She lives in Essex with her partner and is a proud mum to her law-graduate daughter.

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As a child, Gaynor had many roles to play - parent to her baby brother,
rescuer to her beaten mother and, most of all, keeper of the family secrets.
She witnessed and experienced things that no child should and, aged 13, she
took her first sip of whisky and thought she’d found sanctuary. She grew up
fast and was soon bunking  off school and spending all her time in pubs,
being bought drinks by unsavoury men.

Gaynor’s story illustrates how easy it is to find yourself out of control.
Small, slippery steps gradually got her into a horrific situation involving
abusive men, drink, drugs, prostitution, self-harm and serious mental
illness which stripped her of the ability to love herself or even her
daughter.

Having endured more than humanly possible and been a victim of her own
destructive behaviour for so long, Gaynor finally managed to take steps to
beat her demons for good. One Little Speck is the remarkable story of her
journey from hopeless rock-bottom to recovery.

Gaynor is now a qualified counsellor who hopes to help others overcome
their addictions. She lives in Essex with her partner and is a proud mum to
her law-graduate daughter.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908318473
  • Publisher: Palace Park Press (7 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TSRI62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Gaynor is forty eight years old and a qualified counsellor. She decided to write her autobiography 'One

Little Speck' to hopefully help others who are going through similar experiences and may identify with the

battles she has faced. Gaynor is trying to overcome her demons one day at a time.



Gaynor decided to move to the coast to get away from the fast pace of life in London. Gaynor enjoys the

simplicity of life living by the sea. She is passionate about animals, especially her soulmate who is her German

Shepherd dog called Quola.



Gaynor loves reading and is very much inspired by Khalil Gibran's book called The Prophet and his philosophy

of the spiritual being.






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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
If I am being totally honest, I wouldn't normally read this sort of book. Instead of reading harrowing tales of people and their battles with real life, I tend to prefer escaping reality into the world of fiction. However, when the author contacted me and asked whether I would like to read it, I said yes. After all this is a woman who has battled against many things and has had the courage to not only live through them, but write about her experience. The least I could do was take the time to read her account.

The book itself is relatively short compared to the normal fiction books I read (just under 150 pages), but the content is more important sometimes that the size of a book and in this case the content is what makes it. The book starts out with Gaynor at a very young age and throughout the book we follow her to the end of her journey to the point she has now reached in her life.

The writing itself is very frank and honest and this drew me in from the very beginning. Her parents were the starting point for Gaynor's early memories of violence and alcohol. She takes us through her school years and into young adulthood and along the way we see the different parts of her life that are affected.

I must say that this makes for compelling reading and I think that many people can empathise with at least on of the issues Gaynor faced in her life, whether it be addiction, abuse or violence of some form. The most horrific part for me is that Gaynor herself had to battle not just one of these things but all of them at some point in her life.

She has written this book to emphasise to people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel n o matter how bad things seem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wallowing in self-pity 23 Sep 2013
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I love a rags to riches book (this obviously from a ragged life to a sort of rich one) but this woman has only herself to blame for her pathetic life. Does she think she's the only one to ever have had an appalling childhood. Thousands of other children have the same kind of upbringing, but do not wallow in their own self pity and blame it on their parents. She chose to stick with these people, no matter how bad they treated her. Her weakness and spineless decisions are obvious throughout the story. I couldn't help but shake my head as I closed the back cover and think that I had just wasted some of my valuable holiday time on this rubbish. I am generous with the one star.....
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one little speck 24 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
one little speck a fantastic read would absolutely recomend it ,It is a true account of gaynors battle to overcome her drug and alcohol addictions,i read it from cover to cover and laughed and cried in equal measure,a great read for anyone in recovery or those that are still trying to overcome there own demons or those that simply want to read an open and honest well written book .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 21 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were very easy to relate to. If you like stories that contain every emotion you can imagine then this is for you. The story of Natalie's fall from grace and rise to triumph again, is very heart warming. This book would be a great read both on holiday in the sunshine and on a cold night in front of the fire.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 July 2012
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Although Gaynor's story is interesting and inspiring, unfortunately this book was very poorly written - it was only the fact that I wanted to find out what happened, which caused me to persevere. Sorry but I would not recommend this book.
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