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Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing [Kindle Edition]

Frances Reilly
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The heartbreaking yet inspiring account of a young girl who suffered at the hands of nuns in the Nazareth House Convent in Northern Ireland.

Frances Reilly and her sisters were abandoned by their mother outside Nazareth House Convent - a Belfast orphanage run by nuns. Little did they know the unimaginable cruelty they'd endure within its walls.

Frances suffered horrifically at the hands of the Sisters: brutally beaten, worked like a slave, abused and molested, the convent regime stripped her of everything - education, innocence and childhood. But the hope of rescue or escape never left her.

Years later, Frances would face her demons in court, bringing to account those who so viciously stole her youth. SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN is a gripping and moving story of one child's spirit of survival.

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As the true story of abuse in a convent upbringing, this is a particularly harrowing account...the pain and fear that Reilly felt during this period is almost tangible in her frank prose. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

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From the publishers of Dave Pelzer comes the heartbreaking yet inspiring account of an abused childhood, a stolen future and the strength of the human spirit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752875337
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • 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 (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Survivor's Tale 23 Jan. 2009
Although accounts and stories of brutality in Catholic Church run institutions are legion in modern Irish culture; the tale of systematic cruelty, dehumunisation of personality and casual sadism at the hands of this order of nuns related by Frances stands out above any other account in this genre. One can virtually smell the fear felt by Frances before the beatings in the cupboard and the nauseaous aroma of the dinner hall as one turns the pages. One can almost physically feel the abandonment and betrayal of trust by the adults in Frances' life outside the Nazereth convent; her mother and the Murphy family. Frances and the other poor children were God's concentration camp inmates whose only crime was being born in the wrong circumstances.

But yet the triumph of the human spirit emerges through her acts of resistance to the regime at the Nazereth, her escape from it and the way in which Frances fashions out a singing career as well as,of course,the successful legal action she takes against the nuns.

A testimony to the horrors perpetrated in the name of institutional religion.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing but must read story. 12 Jan. 2009
This is one of the most powerful and disturbing stories I have read. The author tells her story as though she is back in the convent, as a child. Somehow she manages to describe the terrible brutality of the convent without a sense of bitterness. The sense of pain you feel, for the child, might make some want to put the book down, but by then I was so completely hooked that this was not an option. In fact, I found the most harrowing chapters to be some of the most compelling. Also, despite the horrors of the convent, there is humour, adventure and a sense of hope.

Few books have awakened such deep feeling within me. I would thoroughly recommend this book, but be sure to keep it away from younger reader. You don't want you 13- year-old daughter to pick it up, this is defiantly for adults only.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 5 Sept. 2010
By JJMcoy
I have read many similar books of horrific catholic convent horrors but I think this must be one of the saddest of them all. The story is well told and you can actually feel the fear and terror that these poor children suffered. I could not put it down, even though I found some parts difficult reading. The author should be congratulated on this well written tale, seeing as she left the convent hardly able to read and write. I feel the utmost sympathy for the author [and utter revulsion for the nuns and the so called people of god] and was glad to read that she was able to obtain some sort of justice [albeit very small]. Whilst I understand that 'times have changed' and these convents are no longer used as childrens homes [but for the elderly], I hope that in my old age I never enter one. I wish Frances Reilly all the best and I hope one day she, and all the other children who suffered, gets at the very least, the apology they so deserve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Sisters of Nazareth Convent 31 Jan. 2011
I read this book as my grandmother was another victim of these Evil Sisters hiding behind the 'cloth'.
Frances Reilly's story is not an uncommon one and I hope that writing it all down helped her in some way accept that people in the world are not all evil and cruel as her experiences express.
The title says it all really - Suffer the little Children - as these evil women made sure they did.
I should have liked to have known how all the family got on when once out there in the world. The youngest child wouldn't have had any idea what the outside world was like until she stepped out into it. Maybe Ms Reilly could write another book to tell us of what happened to the children therein mentioned and also what happened in the Court case she brought.
The contents made me so angry, that people like this who are supposed to care, took no care at all, and lived a life amongst young children who had nothing; and they even took what precious possessions they had 'for the more deserving'.
I hope the Catholic Church was brought to account. It appears that no matter how many prayers the children were forced to make, there was no godly presence for them, only black and white shadows of pure evil in their daily lives.
A very sad read - my heart goes out to her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars harrowing 22 May 2009
By Emma
I live right beside this convent and was fasticated by what went on inside all those years ago.
Thjis story tells the true story of Frances and her 2 sisters who were sent to live in a Convent on the Ormeau Road.
The abuse they suffered at the hands of the Nuns were unbelievable (but in conjunction with the News today about the Catholic Church and the abuse children suffered with them, it is totally believable. I also have friends who went to boarding schools run by Nuns and Brothers and the abuse some of them suffered was along the lines of the abuse outlined in this book alothough not quite as bad) I found it so hard to understand how noone listened to them or believed them when they were trying to 'cry' out about what was happening to them. I guess Kids were just not believed in those days (only 50 years ago - but is probably still happening now and not totally confined to the past). Also very hard to understand how people supposedly 'Gods People' could treat children in this way.
I was disappointed this book ended more or less as Frances left the Convents and wanted to know how she progressed with her life afterwards.
A fantascic read and unputdownable, although extremely harrowing and sad. Not for the under 18's.
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