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Please, Daddy, No: A Boy Betrayed

Please, Daddy, No: A Boy Betrayed [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Howarth
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‘Truly moving.’ Fern Britten, This Morning

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Stuart just wanted his father to love him, but he was made to believe he was too naughty to be loved. Finally David Howarth was sent to prison for abusing Stuart's young sisters. Nobody knew the truth about Stuart's abuse until one fateful day when his father tried it again and Stuart fought back in the only way he knew how.

Stuart Howarth spent the first thirty years of his life in mental and physical hell. After years of emotional torment and despair, at the age of 32 Stuart felt an overwhelming urge to see his father (who he now knows was actually his stepfather), then living in Wales. Seeking reconciliation, Stuart was only to be met by the same old abusive man. The rage, pain and confusion boiled over in Stuart and he fought back, killing his stepfather.

When Stuart's story came to light in the courtroom, it was so terrible that he received the minimum possible sentence for his crime and only served thirteen months in Strangeways prison in Manchester. But while in prison, the cruel system compounded the crimes of his evil abuser, and he suffered at the hands of the prison guards. What happened to him during those months led to him suing the Home Office and Strangeways on his release and winning his case.

This is the story of a sweet-natured boy who grew into a brave young man and refused to allow himself to be a victim any longer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 296 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007236395
  • Publisher: Harper Element; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart Howarth was born in Ashton, Greater Manchester in 1968. He suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of his evil stepfather who abused him and his three sisters. His books recount his life rising from poverty to success in the business world. Sadly in September 2011 Stuart was diagnosed with terminal cancer and whilst fighting for his life, continues to carry the message to the still suffering.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book 6 Oct 2006
I read this book from cover to cover pretty much in one go. The strength and courage of the author shines through, in the way be dealt with his abuse and then took on the might of the prison service when he was further abused in prison. It should be compulsory reading for all those training to be social workers, magistrates, teachers and anyone else who has a role in child protection. it isnt an easy read, but it a compelling read. And you will cry as you read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I used to work with Stuart back in his Norweb days and I have to say that this does now explain some of his behaviour and a few of the things he told me about in the time we worked together. Stuart is a lovely guy and I am really glad to hear that he has now sorted himself out as he deserves to be happy.

On the flip side of this, I can well imagine that this book would help a lot of people who have suffered in this manner, as it shows you can get through and survive against the odds - sometimes accepting help is the hardest thing though and often for no fault of your own.

I think Stuart is phenomenally brave to have written about this for the world to read and I look forward to his next book.

All the best
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Stewart 5 Aug 2007
Stuart, i too was abused mentally, physically and sexually as a child. I can so relate to your feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, fear and not liking myself for what happened. Your book made me cry almost from beginning to end, but i so admire your strength and courage to fight back. You are an inspiration to us all. I thank you Stewart and wish you and your family the happiness and joy you so deserve my friend. Thank you. Best Regards, Jude.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravery 21 Aug 2008
By fjhugh1
Having read this book from cover to cover I would like to say that Stuart has showed true courage and Bravery throught both his childhood and adulthood. I actually live very near to where this event took place and thank my lucky stars that I had the childhood that I did. I am glad to hear that Stuart is now able to get on with his life with his family (who obviously adore him very much).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read 5 Nov 2006
By Sandie
Many don't kill their abusers even though they would like to and suffer for years for not doing just that believing their lack of action was a weakness. I don't condone killing another but can understand a little why he did I am not sure the end justifies the means but believe you have to walk in some ones shoes before judging there reactions. Stuart's abuser got off lightly in my opinion. There are so many books out about childhood abuse and survivor stories that one would think they read the same. This is so far from the truth, each book I have read writes from differing angles and the stories all unique in there own right. I admire the strength of Stuart and others who are able to speak out and say "Hi remember me I do count and no one had the right to do this"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brave and honest guy 11 Oct 2006
I have read Stu's book after a long wait for the postman to bring it, I must say its a must for all readers to read and see what life is like for a child to be abused, walk in Stuarts footsteps and feel the pain that he and his family had to go through. I thank the Judge for being leniant with him and allowing him a better chance in life and to pass on his strenth to other people

He has shown other victims of abuse that there is a light at the end of that tunnel and all they need is courage to fight the demons.

Well done Stuart and give my love to Tracey xx

Jim Browne
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE, DADDY, NO by Stuart Howarth 26 Sep 2006
By Judy
A horrible story but told with such finesse that you never want to stop reading. It is a shame on our society that these stories continue to happen and the precious children we should be protecting, are left to become victims of paedophiles, within their own families and without. A strong and riveting read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true brave boy.. who turned into a brave man 6 April 2008
Wow.... that sums up this book in one word, i read this book in 1day flat i just couldnt put it down. It was such an gripping story of how a young boy battled his way through everything to become a young man to battle through prison to become a father and part of his own family.. The book was amazing and real heart touching story. Some parts are unbearable to even imagine and i hold the most respect for Stuart Howarth the auther of the book and i loved this book!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned...
I genuinely sympathise with the author but must warn others I found the content hard to read and decided to jack it after a few chapters.
Published 1 day ago by gd fielding
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, Daddy, No. Book
I would highly recommend this product. I love to watch or read stories that are based on true stories. Anyone who also likes true stories will enjoy this book.
Published 8 months ago by miss hayley clare jepson H c Jepson
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
This book is a fantastic read it is truly disturbing in lots of places but also a real insight to a terrible but interesting life
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Barry Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Books
As an avid reader and as a fond reader of true to life I found this book very well written. Would recommend this to people who enjoy reading that genre.
Published 9 months ago by Gina Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Daddy No
This book is a 'must read'. Although it's heart wrenching it really makes you appreciate the awful upbringing the author had.
Published 10 months ago by Jash1e
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good read its a sad story and encouraging at the same time and hard to believe things like this still happen today.......
Published 10 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking read
This book was a great read. You are guaranteed to make a bond with the book and not want to put it down, as well as crying throughout. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danielle Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
What a dreadful story, but it was well written. How can people be treated like this by their family? Wonderful
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIBUTE TO COURAGE
I have nothing but admiration and respect for Stuart; to go through the horror that he has been through and to come through the other side is nothing short of miraculous. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sky
5.0 out of 5 stars a very emotional story of a young boy
Please daddy no; a boy betrayed.

I was a foster carer for 15 years, this heart rending story helps one to understand the trauma a lot of these children have had... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jenny Tillsley
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