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Tina Nash
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25 Oct 2012
It was the case that shocked the nation. On the evening of 20 April 2011, Tina Nash's life changed forever. After suffering months of beatings and domestic abuse at the hands of boyfriend Shane Jenkin, she was subjected to a barbaric and prolonged attack during which Jenkin beat her unconscious and gouged out both her eyes. When he was jailed in May 2012, people struggled to comprehend the scale of the violence endured by this mother of two at her home in Cornwall. In Out of the Darkness, Tina tells her full story - of what life with a violent partner is really like and how she survived 12 hours of sustained and unimaginable violence in her own home. Learning to adjust to life without her sight, Tina speaks bravely about how her children have given her the courage to keep going, and how - step by careful step - she is learning to live again. With statistics on domestic violence rising, Tina's incredible memoir of survival makes for essential reading.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simons & Schuster (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147111466X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471114663
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'As Tina bravely tries to move on with her life, she hopes her story of abuse will help other trapped women' (Daily Mirror) 'It has been a year and a half since her ex-boyfriend gouged out her eyes, holding her captive throughout the night whilst her children slept. If the horror of such an act is imaginable, then her account of the 12 hours of the groping panic that followed…is almost beyond belief. "It wasn't until I got the book back from the publishers a fortnight ago, that it made sense. It was like stepping outside the box, listening to it as if it had happened to someone else."'
(Lucy Bannerman, The Times)" --Daily Mirror

About the Author

Tina Nash has lived in West Cornwall since childhood. She is now in her early thirties and is mother to two boys aged 14 and 4. She came to the nation's attention via news reports of the horrific injuries inflicted on her by her former partner, Shane Jenkin, who gouged her eyes out in a prolonged attack of domestic violence in April 2011. Her experiences make her a brilliant spokesperson for survivors of domestic violence.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Deepee
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I very rarely pay for books on my kindle as I find there are so many good free ones available but am so glad I downloaded this one! By far the most moving book I've read in a long time although very uncomfortable/shocking at times.
Tina is completely honest throughout helping the reader to understand how he manipulated her so that she did not believe she had any choice but to stay with him despite the intervention of the Police, Social Services and her caring family. Her love for her children could not be stronger and there is no doubt she is a great mum.
I've had Domestic Awareness Training in my job but learnt so much more from reading this book. I believe every front line professional who has any contact with victims of Domestic Abuse should read this book to fully understand a victims perspective and why they often appear to outsiders to make bad choices. Tina did not feel she had any choice and often allowed him back into her life to ensure her own safety.
Tina is an inspiration and I wish her and her children luck for the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! 30 Oct 2012
By tinana
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This book was the best i have read for some time. The book explained how Tina was taken in by shane and how he made her think the way he wanted her too. This book was read in 2 days it was so hard to by put down and made you feel like you were in the book. i did cry so alot of it but all for the right reason. Well done Tina for being strong in the end and i want to wish you well for the future xx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and deeply depressing reading 19 May 2013
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This book is certainly compelling and it made gripping reading material - but I'm afraid I didn't find it in any way uplifting or life affirming. The moral - if any - seems to be that there is absolutely nothing that the police or family/friends can do to save a woman who is infatuated with a violent man to the extent Tina was with Shane. I did empathise with Tina and to some extent I understood why she made some of the decisions she made (the desire to save the 'bad boy' from himself can be compelling) but - while feeling dreadfully sorry for how she ended up - I don't like the word 'brave' used to describe someone who puts themselves into a highly risky situation for no good reason and suffers the inevitable consequences - I would rather use the words 'feisty' and 'a survivor'.

It seems sad despite years of woman's rights, that so many women still feel they are inadequate unless they have a man at their side at all times - (Tina even started looking for another man on dating sites while still bruised from the first attack from Shane). I guess that while society pays lip service to the view that women should be valued for their inner qualities, virtually everything in the popular media tells us that the only thing they are really valued for is how attractive they are to men.

I also found it disturbing the role steroids and horror films played in fuelling the violent impulses of a man who was already dangerously mentally unstable and wondered if it is time for a debate about the place these increasing repellent and violent films have in modern society?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 6 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
A real insight into why women stay in abusive relationships, and even how to recognise if you are in one - Tina describes the subtle controlling things that can happen which the woman may think is 'normal'. Very very good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read Book 4 Nov 2012
By matt123
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I couldn't put this book down from beginning to end. Totally absorbing and a must have read. Tina Nash shows such courage and is truly inspirational. This book detaiils the real story of domestic abuse. Can't recommend enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic story but courageous 27 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is so tragic but fantastically written. I read this book from start to finish in one sitting. This story talks about how Lisa fought his horrific battle. I would def recommend this book to anyone you will not be disappointed its just such a shame that Lisa and her family had to face this ordeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Darkness 12 Mar 2013
By goldie
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Found this book very sad - the victim was so overcome by her love for this man that she could not believe his actions were not her fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 14 Dec 2012
By Anne
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This book is so harrowing my heart breaks for Tina. I have worked in a Women's Aid refuge for over ten years providing support to women and children and understand the difficulties women face when living in and leaving an abusive relationship. To anyone who wants to further their understanding of the trauma, low self esteem, fear and control women suffer and why women stay please read this book domestic abuse is so widespread everyone should have an understanding, by doing this we can hopefully change the horrific statistics of women dying or being injured at the hands of an abusive partner. Tina you are an amazing woman and your story is remarkably honest as for the abuser he is a disgusting, vile excuse for a human being who should spend the rest of his life suffering for his crimes against you and your children. Your friends, family, the police and domestic abuse unit who all provided you with support and continue to do so are remarkable. To finish i want to tell you that you are an amazing, beautiful woman who will live her life as a survivor not a victim. Please purchase this book to support Tina and raise awareness of domestic abuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading
Published 14 days ago by celena klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good book
Published 1 month ago by sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant ! brilliant !
What a truly amazing lady and what she went through.
Well worth a read only took me a day. I couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart goes out to Tina
This is an excellent book and I have re-read it several times. I remember reading the headlines in the paper at the time the incident occurred and feeling absolutely horrified. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A fantastic, gipping read. Gives a great insight into a DV victims life and their entrapment in the relationship. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stedwards20
5.0 out of 5 stars How can one human being do this to another?!!!
While i questioned why Tina didn't leave this man a long time ago (how could she possibly let him stay in her life when she had her two children living with her) - she kept saying... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs B
3.0 out of 5 stars Some women never learn
I find it hard to sympathise with Tina as she allowed the abuse to happen over and over again. The man was a monster yet she allowed him to live with her children, who he could... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing woman
I met Tina - she is so strong, an amazing woman.

This book is a must if you know someone who is in a controlling and abusive relationship. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars You are so strong tina
I have just come out of an abusive relationship but nothing as horrific as what Tina went through. I understand why you clung onto the bit of kindness he showed you, as they chip... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Well, what can I say...I loved this book! I literally couldn't put it down, it was brilliant. I would definitely recommend it to anyone
Published 6 months ago by Spider
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