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Scarred: How One Girl Triumphed Over Shocking Abuse and Self-harm [Hardcover]

Sophie Andrews
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20 Mar 2008

Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her father's slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophie's childhood was a living hell.

Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophie's mother left for good, that very night, he told Sophie that from now on she would sleep in his bed. Unable to cope, Sophie spiralled into suicidal misery. She began to self-harm to try and escape the agony. But one day she went too far and at 16, ended up in a psychiatric unit. It was here that she finally confronted the horrors of home and began the painful journey of rebuilding her life. A phenomenally courageous woman, Sophie now works for the Samaritans and helps other young people in need.

Harrowing yet compelling, this is a searing and truly inspirational account of overcoming the worst abuse and self-harm.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340937351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937358
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The shocking story of how exceptionally violent abuse turned one girl to desperate self-harm before turning her life around.

About the Author

Sophie has overcome her horrendous past and rebuilt her life. She is a Director of a Housing Association that supports young homeless people. She also volunteers for the Samaritans and does everything she can to help other young people with no one else to turn to. She lives with her partner in Liverpool.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding oneself at the end of the Met line..... 20 Mar 2008
In my days of youth, a vast overindulgence in the delights of the vine and the hop, used to sometimes find me asleep at the end of the Met line, 4 stops and 8 miles past Rickmansworth, where I normally disembark. There are a few "last train walking home" tales to tell.

This week, I found myself twice at the end of the Met line, and sober, so deep was I in reading Sophie Andrews's new book "Scarred". The first time I simply was so engrossed I missed the stop. The second I stayed on to read to the end of the book and travel South again before disembarking. It also gave me time to collect some of my thoughts and walk back into a family environment where my delightfully stroppy (sorry "teenage") 15 year old daughter is safe and secure - relatively speaking to the 15 year old Sophie in her day.

Somebody at Amersham asked me if I was OK, as I didn't realise that I was quietly tearful, having read of things that I had no idea could or would be done by any person to another. And that is despite having a wife who used to work for the NSPCC.

Scarred is quite simply the most startling book that I have read in years. I got an insight into the inhumanity of one person to another, wrapped up as "Love"; I witnessed the triumph of personal growth and strength over adversity; the dawning of self awareness and self esteem; the power of a gentle listening support for somebody and an insight into self harm, like no other before.

If, in my review, I appear somewhat shell-shocked, it is because I am. Not an easy book to read, but a powerful and "learning" one.

Mike T.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, harrowing and graphic 1 Sep 2008
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Scarred is a moving and harrowing memoir of one woman's sexual abuse, self-harm and psychiatric treatment. It's very well written, and I love the way it opens with Sophie's admission to the psych ward, with flashbacks to the abuse. It must have taken a lot of courage to write and publish and I commend Sophie for speaking out and raising public awareness of self-harm and the effects of abuse. What shocked me most wasn't the abuse itself or the cutting, but the way Sophie continued to let her father and other men take advantage of her sexually after she had been "rescued". Unfortunately, this is all too common.

The book does include some fairly graphic descriptions of rape and self-injury, and while these only add to its power, I would suggest that if you're an abuse survivor or a self-harmer yourself, you think carefully about whether you could cope with these before reading Scarred.

If I have one criticism, it's that the book seems to gloss over Sophie's recovery and how she was able to stop self-harming for good. I would have liked more details about this, especially as Sophie seemed so unwell for so long, and shunned all forms of professional help (turning only to the Samaritans) after leaving hospital. It is inspirational that Sophie was able to overcome her past, but I think the book would have been more uplifting if this part of the story was given more attention, and if we had more insight into how she did it. Perhaps this is an unfortunate consequence of the public's thirst for "misery memoirs"?

But that said, Sophie Andrews has written an excellent, brave and thought-provoking memoir. Highly recommended... if you are up to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless 16 April 2008
Im speechless to how good this book is. (i dont mean in that way)
Horrifying in most parts how a father can do such evil things to his own daughter men like that need to be shot.
As a self harmer myself i could identify with alot of the feelings she decribed in the book.
What a fighter tho i dont know how anyone could go through so much.
Read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sophie's book yet again highlights how a young innocent child can become trapped under the physical, emotional and mental control of an adult. We walk with Sophie every step of the way and in parts its heart wtrenching and you want to scream 'get her out of there'. All to often this is the truth, this is the reality, it is happening right now so wake up and smell the coffee. We don't talk or tell or even know what is happening to us is wrong. We are children - so we love our parents and peers and in return all we want is to be loved, protected and cared for. Sophie from one survivor to another - head up girl you did us all proud and allowed yourself not to become another statistic. Support the Samaritans because they support you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, with amazing sensitivity 16 Mar 2008
By Sharron
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This book gives us a window into a reality that most of us, fortunately, never imagine, never mind experience.

I was left with a feeling of I am so lucky, and so are my children.

How one human being can treat another in such a way, never mind a father to a daughter

Written in such a way you are left understanding subjects that are taboo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A child Lost 14 Dec 2011
By sarah
I read the book and I felt the book was about a child who wanted to be accepted by others. The book spoke of friendship, love, rejection, adoption and self harm. Sophie's story was a difficult one and one I imagine was very hard to write and brave her soul. It was a interesting book that focused on her story not the professional side of the matter. I read this book in a morning and found I could relate to the story she told.
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