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Someone to Love Us: The shocking true story of two brothers fostered into brutality and neglect [Paperback]

Terence O'Neill
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4 Mar 2010

The harrowing true story of the young boy who captured the heart of the nation when he testified in court, to find justice against those responsible for his brother’s death.

Terry O’Neill was just ten years old when he stood up in court to testify against his brutal foster parents, accused of the manslaughter of his twelve-year-old brother, Dennis.

Terry and his brother had been taken into care and moved through many foster homes until they came to live on the Shropshire farm owned by Reginald and Esther Gough in 1945. There they were to suffer brutal beatings and little care or love – they survived as best they could, looking out for each other, until the terrible morning when Terry couldn’t wake Dennis.

In a time when the country was united by war and struggle, the case shocked the nation and made headlines around the world. Terry, a small figure in the courtroom, captured the hearts of mothers and families everywhere, and the public outcry against the foster services led to the instigation of the first provisions to protect other vulnerable children from neglect and cruelty.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000735018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350186
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terence O’Neill is now 74 years old, and married with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After his time at the Goughs, Terence remained in the care of the local authorities until he was 18. He then joined the Army for several years, before retiring out. He now lives, surrounded by his family, in South Wales.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Someone to Love Us' by Terence O'Neil 8 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
If you only read one book this year this has got to be the One. It will make you smile,it will make you weep. Three little brothers, the three youngest in a dysfunctional family of eight children, were abruptly removed from home by Social Services and taken into care. The baby, called Freddie, was the fortunate one; he was taken in by a kind foster mother. The other two little boys,Terence and Denis, after being placed with various foster families, ended up in an isolated farmhouse with the most evil pair of people on earth. It was 1945. War was raging across Europe;apparently this was the reason why the little boys were, virtually, lost in the Social Services system. The farmer and his wife punished the boys on a daily basis. They were only kids yet they were made to work outside in bitter January weather and forced to bathe in water which was iced over. A beating and starvation was the order of the day.
This, incredibly, moving account is told by Terence,the survivor. He tells his story from the heart; honest,without embellishment, without self pity and without one iota of bitterness towards the biological parents who failed these three beautiful little boys. A must read.I give it 5 stars

M. J. S
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Approach With Caution 27 May 2010
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Whilst I can see appreciate where many of the other reviewers of this book are coming from I felt compelled to write my own review. Firstly, this book is not for the feint hearted; yes at times it will make you smile but it will also break your heart; Terence's simple and frank recollection of the brutality he and Dennis suffered at the hands of the Goughs is not easy to read. Having said that your heart will be lifted by the authors honest account of how he came to terms with his brothers shocking death and how he eventually managed to move on with his life.
Terence O'Neill is truly inspirational and I am glad he and his family now live in happiness and have found love in their lives. I hope that Dennis now rests peacefully knowing that his story has been told and his suffering was not forgotten.
Please do read this book, it has the power to change lives but beware of the hollywood blockbuster style reviews which I find slightly disrepectful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars someone to love us 18 April 2010
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I read this book in 3 days,if you read just one book this year, it has to be this one.A true shocking story as written by one of the boys whom suffered so much in his young life.The writer also tells of how this effected him in later life.I thank this man for writing this book and hope he lives the rest of his life in peace with his wonderful family.
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First book in 40 years that I couldn't put down. Shared it with my friends and they were gripped too, both men and women alike, all read it in 1 or 2 evenings.
A fascinating insight into the true story that inspired Agatha Christie to create The Mousetrap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book couldn't put it down 9 Jan 2011
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This book is fantastic I could not put it down.
This book is so sad you can't help but feel for these boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 2 April 2014
By flakie
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This is sad story but a good ending. Worth getting this book. A true story worth reading a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 30 Mar 2014
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Could not put this book down I feel for the three children involved if only the law was change earlier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story 23 Jan 2014
By All go
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Very moving story sat and read it in one day it so sad that such things happened in the. 50s and still goes on today
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine tribute to the brother he lost.
Reading this book has shattered me however it is also the first time I have wanted to break into applause after reading the last page of a book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wendy Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
If you like reading factual books then this is an excellent read which i would recommend to anyone. Provokes a great deal of emotion.
Published 5 months ago by Angela Akrill
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEONE TO LOVE US
SO DRAWN IN BY THE STORY, READ IT START TO FINISH IN IN A FEW HOURS. RECOMMENDED BY MY 89YEAR OLD NEIGHBOUR.
Published 5 months ago by JULIE
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
Really opens your eyes into why the process of foster care is the way it is and rightly so. It is a sad story but also very moving
Published 8 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
excellent service speedy delivery.this is a excellent book which i bought for my father who knew the boys in the book as he was evacuated from liverpool to that area
Published 14 months ago by dawnlayla
4.0 out of 5 stars harrowing
as expected but a good read....terrible to think this kind of thing was allowed to happen and sadly still does!!
Published 16 months ago by Mon
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival out of Cruelty
To read "Someone to Love Us" by Terence O'Neill is to admire the bravery of these children and to wonder how they ever survived such abject cruelty and hatred as metered out by... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching read!
This book is a must read. It is so touching to read the bond between the two brothers, and the circumstances described is something so heartbreaking, it is hard to imagine anyone... Read more
Published 17 months ago by catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars some one to love us
Great book ,set in my time a real life story that shocked me and made me cry ,Though sometimes mistakes are made today ,some thing like this would be picked up in this day and age
Published on 17 April 2012 by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Once I first started reading this book, I could not put it down. It's amazing to read how Terence survived such tremendous abuse. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Laila Bevan
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