The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
  • RRP: £6.99
  • You Save: £3.49 (50%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Books2Help
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: ? For every book sold Books2Help makes a contribution to UK based charities. ? Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.. Please note our covers may differ from the stock photo shown. Please take a look at our other items.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women Paperback – 24 Apr 2014


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£3.50
£0.70 £0.01

*Three Paperbacks for £10 Offer

This title is in our Three Paperbacks for £10 promotion.

Click here to see the full range. Offer only applies to Qualifying Items dispatched from and sold by Amazon. It does not apply to purchases made from third-party sellers at Amazon.co.uk’s Marketplace platform.



Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Get three for £10 on selected paperback books Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women + Hackney Child + Tainted Love
Price For All Three: £11.20

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471129489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471129483
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Jenny Smith was born in 1946 in a Derbyshire mining village. She was one of the first residents of the Chiswick Women's Refuge, when domestic violence forced her into hiding with her children. Jenny was a long-term foster carer, is now in her sixties and lives in London.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By winnie on 12 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well done Jenny, you've told your life story beautifully, honestly and simply, of the traumatic years leading you to the sanctuary of Chiswick Womens Aid. Yes I to was there from Feb.73 to Jan.77 Jenny's book certainly brought back memories of 40 years ago, the support we got from each other in the knowledge there were other women being beaten up by their husbands or partners.
Chiswick Womens Aid gave us back our dignity and self respect the right to be women and mothers and not the cowed, battered and beaten pitiful beings we were before
Jenny it must have taken all your courage to lay your soul bare and tell your life story.
Well done I'm proud to know you

.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 13 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the real life story of almost every battered wife or partner. Every young girl should be made to read this to recognise the signs of a potential abuser. The truth is, there is still prejudice about why a woman remains with an abuser and the law should always step in to help and assist a woman whose mind has been subjected to so much abuse she can barely make a rational decision for herself and the protection of her children. It took me 27 years to escape, I pray that every woman out there escapes after only one time of abuse. Thank you to people like Erin Pizzey who helped the Women's Aid organisation and the fantastic work they continue today.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN JARRETT on 14 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What an amazing book! It shows that people can come through the worst nightmare and still have a fulfilled life afterwards.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Mcgregor on 14 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely great read...a subject that has been ignored for far to long, for a woman who suffered first hand, such terrible abuse, and is able to share it in such a well written way is amazing, Thanks Jenny!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 9 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jenny Smith is an inspiration to all women. After going through everything in her life, she is still going strong and and hasn't let what happened to her drag her down. I love this book as my mum came from a violent relationship and I can see the similarities in both Jenny and my mum. things like this only make you stronger then ever!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ruby on 8 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jenny Smith born in 1946 was brought up in Derbyshire and the Prologue describes the warm, happy memories she has of her early childhood, the Roast dinners, homemade cakes, loving parents and lots of children in the neighbourhood to get into mischief with. Sadly her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia and this has a huge impact on Jenny's emotional well-being as she struggles to make sense of her mothers rages and hallucinations. At the age of 13 Jenny runs away to London where she ends up getting involved in prostitution in order to survive. After a year on the streets she is reunited with her family only to be sentenced to a year in an Approved school.

Jenny's book covers so many sad topics, mental illness, runaways, prostitution, homelessness, Mixed race marriage, poverty and domestic violence. After getting into an abusive relationship Jenny manages to escape with her two daughters to a refuge for battered women in Chiswick, run by Erin Pizzey. The strength of these women is incredible and Erin has made a promise to never turn a battered away. The book describes Jenny's time at the refuge and beyond. The book mentioned two documentaries that were filmed in the refuge, "Scream quietly or the neighbours will here" and "Sanctuary" which was filmed in 1991 for Channel 4. The former was filmed with the same title as Erin Pizzey's book written a couple of years prior to the documentary. I would love to see this book available on Kindle and I'm also now in search online of any clips of the Sanctuary documentary. Erin Pizzey sounds an amazing woman with the strength to fight for what she believed in no matter what the personal cost.

Jenny's style of writing makes this a very easy read despite the harrowing subject matter.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michelle mellor on 5 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A true Inspiration, I was totally engrossed thank you for sharing your story. Highly recommended, beautifully wrote. I bought the book after seeing an interview on BBC breakfast.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alisha Moore on 4 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved reading this book and could not put it down. It is very detailed and its almost as if you get drawn into the book yourself. It is also very emotional and I was brought to tears a few times. I would definitely recommend this book. It is. Must read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback