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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405918233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405918237
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collette Elliott is a 35-year-old mother of four. She was born in Birmingham to Maureen Batchelor, a prostitute, and suffered years of physical and mental abuse. In April 2013, Birmingham City Council awarded her £20,000 in damages for the anguish she suffered and their failure to protect her. Collette is now happily married, a devoted mother to her girls, and is campaigning on behalf of other child abuse victims.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lane on 1 May 2014
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What a inspiring true story and amazingly here to tell the facts.
Thank you for Sharing your tragic past with us.
I wish you, Scott and the girls every happiness and best of luck for the future, you all certainly deserve it.
Thank you with love and best wishes, Elaine x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Newton on 18 July 2014
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Unforgivable is tough reading from the start opening, as it does, with a small child sexually and physically abused and surrounded by adults she can’t trust as those she tries to tell, take advantage. But unfortunately, its straightforward linear narrative lets the book down terribly. This isn’t all the fault of the author, Collette, who was assisted by ghost writer Douglas Wight (absolutely fair enough), who one might reasonably expect to help her lift the book beyond a diary of abuse to something more.

Too many chapters end on poor attempts at cliffhangers: ‘Once again, I was on my own with Mother’, ‘I wasn’t out of the woods yet. More misery was lurking just around the corner’, ‘I would soon be facing a new terror’, ‘When would this torture end?’, ‘Little did I know that I was going to see them again, and very soon’, ‘Finally, I thought, I had a passport out of this misery. I couldn’t have been more wrong’, ‘I told myself things could only get better. They couldn’t get any worse, could they?’, ‘There was no way Mother was going to hurt me or have control over me again … or so I thought’ or ‘my life threatened to spiral out of control’.

The sad truth is that for the period of the book Collette is never in control. Thankfully for her, the cliffhangers don’t deliver greater and greater depravity, but rather more variety. As we settle in this becomes a little repetitious and familiarity causes us to harden our hearts.

Other reviewers have mentioned their frustration with a victim who not only refuses opportunities to escape, but continually returns to her abuser. Perhaps worse, Collette leaves her own children with that abuser even after witnessing her ‘mentally torturing’ one of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Stanley on 25 May 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much. it makes you realise how much you should appreciate what you have got.i cannot get my head round how some parents treat their children. would recommend everybody reads it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodz on 28 Jun 2014
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Would recommend!!
Although the events that occurred were tragic and should never happen to a child, reading these events just makes what I want to do in life more real. Saving children from parents who do not deserve to bring a child into this world, what they did was heartbreaking, sad and disturbing.

A heartbreaking story of a child who needed a hero, and could have had one. The lack of communication between teachers, staff, parents and social services is appalling. This opened my eyes to a world that I have heard about but never have really been inside; makes you realise some deep thoughts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By karl hughes on 24 April 2014
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Amazing book, so touching, brought a tear to my eye a few times. When reading the book i felt like i was int he book myself, i didn't want to put it down let alone go to sleep.

I would defiantly recommend this book and even more so the author.

Well done Colette Elliott superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rainbow on 6 Jun 2014
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Unbelievable nobody ever believes these cases are real that poor girl hope it makes people more cautious when dismissing simple signs
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This girl has been let down, proud of her for telling her story. Takes gut's. Things have not be learned, this is still happening.
Cut backs will make it even worse. The people that stood back and watched this happen are as bad as her mother was. This kind of book should be used to train teachers what to look for, also Social Workers. Some are to weak to help these children. My Message to all those in Authority. Stop spending so much time covering your back and do the job you are meant to do !
Found it a little frustrating with all the system. This should not have happened. Very easy to blame the child. Well worth the read x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. L. Dove on 17 May 2014
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This book horrified me. How Collette Elliott survived her childhood is beyond me, and I found her book candid, truthful and utterly compelling. One I will be recommending to my students. Hats off to one brave woman.
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