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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000735018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350186
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Josephine S on 8 Mar. 2010
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ClaireLouise on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2012
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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 their foster parents. Such a massive contrast to the way Cathy Glass (pen name) looked after the foster children in her care. The Social Services have a lot to learn and books such as this should be made essential reading for Social Workers and those in the care of children.

The typeface and the way the book is written makes it very easy to read. Caring people will need some tissues with them as due to the cruelty of the long term foster carers, Dennis, the brother of the author, died whilst in their `care'. Terence was soooooooooo brave and did all he could to help and save his older brother but unfortunately to no avail. All Terence could do was to fight for himself to survive and to eventually get his story heard.

I hope that in having written this book that Terence has felt some sort of closure to the horrors of his early life. It is a heartfelt book and beautifully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. tunnacliffe on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laila Bevan on 9 May 2011
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Once I first started reading this book, I could not put it down. It's amazing to read how Terence survived such tremendous abuse. The horror he must have felt when the foster parents killed his brother Dennis must have been a pain that words can not express. This is a must read to be aware that these things really do happen in our society today. I totally recommend this book
Laila Bevan
Author of
"Stolen Childhood"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catherine on 15 Nov. 2012
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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 going through. But, also there is hope in this book, with the journey of the 'survivor' in these tragic circumstances, and some light moments. A true story that will stick with me for many years to come.
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By baggies fan on 26 April 2011
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my type of 'read' is usually 'who dunnits' and, of late, novels by Audrey Howard and Evelyn Hood. My neighbour, who introduced me to Audrey Howard and Evelyn Hood asked me to read 'Someone to Love Us', I was sceptical. However, after reading the book I was really outraged that two young boys could have been left with such cruel people without the authorities knowing what was happening to them. A truly heart rending read, well put together; the boys taken away from their hapless parents, their years in childrens' homes, healthy, relatively happy boys until their being put into the hands of two monsters. A real eye opener about how two young boys slipped through the 'social care' net due, mainly, to the evacuation process at the onset of WW11, and left in the evil hands of so called caring people. A book worth reading. A thought provoking book.
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