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Pete Doherty: My Prodigal Son: My Prodigal Son - A Child in Trouble, a Family Ripped Apart, the Extraordinary Story of a Mother's Love Kindle Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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'A great book.' (Sun)

A great book. (Sun)

'The book, tenderly and honestly written, provides an astonishing insight into the devastating impact of her son's addiction... It will hold deep resonance for thousands of parents who have seen their children seduced by the twisted glamour of drugs.' (Daily Mail)

'An extraordinary book... A frank and moving portrait.' (Mail on Sunday)

'A heartbreaking tale.' (Heat)

'[A] heart-rending, loving and sometimes amusing book.' (Scotland on Sunday magazine)

'[A] heart-rending, loving and sometimes amusing book.' (Scotland on Sunday Magazine)

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In hardback MY PRODIGAL SON received a huge amount of press attention, including a high-profile three-day serialisation in The Times, TV appearances on Richard and Judy and The Sharon Osbourne Show, and interviews on Woman's Hour and Simon Mayo's Radio 5 show


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJZRWDQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A lovely and warming read. I didn't want it to end, not that i was a fan of Pete, but of his mother. She's explains her side of the story, which is devastating for any mother, too have to cope with. I actually like Pete now as i was never fond of his behaviour before reading. I assumed he was a toe-rag, but i couldn't be further from the truth. Great reading, would recommend.
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This should have been titled 'Poor me '
Such a shame that this book could have been so much more about the real Pete.
Mrs Doherty seemed to be telling the world that his problems could not be her or the familys fault and god will get her through it.,,,very tiresome
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[Hi guys, I noticed there are two entries for essentially the same book, one had 16 reviews, this one only 3, so I've copied and pasted my review I just left here incase some people don't realise its the same book
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"I don't usually read books like this, I only did so because it was in the office kitchen and happened to be left on table, I started to browse it when I took a break from computer..next thing I just got absorbed into it.

I'm not a fan of Peter Doherty either, never really listened to his music, though I did see him at Glastonbury in 08/09 and laughed when he turned up and hour late on stage announcing: "It's not that I didn't know what time I was supposed it be on.. I just thought I was playing tomorrow" hilarious

Well I thought it was hilarious at the time, tho after reading this story, I see another perspective..

Paraphrase of the author: "when you see a rock star up on stage throwing up or so drunk/high he can't stand, I now think 'that young man has a mother somewhere'.."

In short: fascinating insight into the world of the mum. Being a male with currently no children [that I know of :) ], I'd never before even considered a mothers point of view on Pete Doherty or other celebrities.

I did learn a lot from life from reading this by hearing first hand the damage and strain on family that an addiction + combined with fame can bring. I also have much more respect for Peter after this too. I had no idea he was a great compassionate guy underneath and apparently quiet a smart fellow too. I just assumed from the press that he was a wanker.
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As a mother reading this book one takes on the burden of Pete's Mum and standing with her in Prayer as we know nothing is impossible with God.Praying that Pete will reach out to his Heavenly Father and become a New Creation.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99251d38) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992869c0) out of 5 stars Now I know where Peter got his gift for words from! 24 July 2010
By turn-the-page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wow. This book really opened my eyes to what I thought I knew from reading about and loving the music/lyrics of Peter Doherty. I wish there was a way I could tell her directly how I am affected by their story. I know how having no control over your family being changed forever feels(not by addiction - but a sudden and ongoing medical illness to my hubby). Her words, like her sons (although a lot of them come from a sad place) somehow give me an unexplained extreme sense of calm. It is crystal clear to me now where he got his talent and depth from! My wish for their family is the same as it is for mine - I hope it is never too late to live happily ever after. I hope he realizes one day soon that life is short, we are only here for a visit - and his addictions are one day nothing but a bad memory for all of them. It all boils down to your family and loved ones. Everyone and everything else needs to come second to that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994a42dc) out of 5 stars He once said "To give up drugs would be like giving up a hand" 28 Aug. 2014
By Jacoba M. Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
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A touching story by Pete Doherty's mother about how addiction affects ALL people in the patient's direct environment, but, in particular, the parents and siblings. What is very clear is that nobody can help the addict - only the addicted person himself can do that. As outsiders we are powerless. However, support is essential. Peter didn't live at home any more - so, at least the parents didn't have to deal with that. Peter was very talented and became quickly financially independent. The parents gave up reading the gossip and untrue stories about him because they hurt so much. Pete went through many rehabs but started using again after short periods of sobriety. He once said "To give up drugs would be like giving up a hand". He is still alive at 34 and may still be at Keith Richards age, who himself never became clean and sober...
HASH(0x994a41e0) out of 5 stars I read by chance, gave me a new perspective on life and what mothers have to go through (i'm a son!) 8 Dec. 2014
By Mista R O'Regan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't usually read books like this, I only did so because it was in the office kitchen and happened to be left on table, I started to browse it when I took a break from computer..next thing I just got absorbed into it.

I'm not a fan of Peter Doherty either, never really listened to his music, though I did see him at Glastonbury in 08/09 and laughed when he turned up and hour late on stage announcing: "It's not that I didn't know what time I was supposed it be on.. I just thought I was playing tomorrow" hilarious

Well I thought it was hilarious at the time, tho after reading this story, I see another perspective..

Paraphrase of the author: "when you see a rock star up on stage throwing up or so drunk/high he can't stand, I now think 'that young man has a mother somewhere'.."

In short: fascinating insight into the world of the mum. Being a male with currently no children [that I know of :) ], I'd never before even considered a mothers point of view on Pete Doherty or other celebrities.

I did learn a lot from life from reading this by hearing first hand the damage and strain on family that an addiction + combined with fame can bring. I also have much more respect for Peter after this too. I had no idea he was a great compassionate guy underneath and apparently quiet a smart fellow too. I just assumed from the press that he was a wanker.

Negative points: I found the Christian content slightly annoying , being an exChristian myself, however I totally appreciate how a personal faith got this lady through her ordeal and I respect that.

Actually I am now going to give this book as a Christmas present to a family member who is a mother and Christian, as I think she'll find it very uplifting.

In short: it is definitely worth a read, it's true reading can broaden your mind.. I'm glad I read it for the new perspectives on relationships I have gained. Perhaps it even has given me more understanding of my own mother.

Enjoy

P.s if you find my review helpful, please let me know, as I usually don't leave reviews, just on a small percentage of books I read.. I can leave a few more but it takes time, so only want to if it is of use to someone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99286df8) out of 5 stars Honest Story 8 Mar. 2013
By Jun - Published on Amazon.com
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I am really impressed with Jacqueline who shared her son's story with everyone.She is a great human being who is honest and real.This touching story will motivate and comfort all those parents who have lost their sons or daughters to the evil demon called Drugs!To all these parents,please don't lose your faith and hope and continue loving your children and don't stop believing that someday your childern will escape the ordeal and return to you!...Just like Jacqueline who never stopped believing in her son and God!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99fd6a80) out of 5 stars the truth comes out ! 3 May 2014
By Kandice Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it so far ! Im only on chapter 4 and im keep reading it whenever i have the. Time
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