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No One Wants You: A true story of a child forced into prostitution
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2008
How can any of us who did not experience the bleak, terrifying childhood of this extraordinary woman begin to understand what she has gone through? Least of all the family whose faith in themselves as good and honest is challenged by her existence. That's not their fault, yet it certainly isn't hers - none of it is hers. The cruelty, the vicious, relentless exploitation of her little body by the denatured so-called fostermother and by grown men (often married and with children of their own) is horrifying. The consistent, deliberate turning away of the church and state authorities - over years of abuse - is unforgiveable. Any doubt cast on her account just serves to increase that abuse. I am moved by her courage and stoicism, by the agonising compulsion that drove her search for her family and above all by the intrinsic goodness of her spirit. Celine Roberts is an articulate witness to and survivor of a shameful, brutal system that began the cycle of repression by terrorising unmarried mothers and completed it by incarcerating and exploiting their children. She is remarkable, and her painfully honest book is a huge achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2008
I have nothing but admiration for Celine's courage, tenacity and integrity. She has had the courage to tell her story and persevere through life-difficulties to which many of us would have succumbed. She suffered horribly at the hands of those who should have protected and loved her, but she never waivered in knowing what was good and right and in creating her own loving family.

I hope this book inspires others to shine the light in those dark corners and to have the courage to create a positive life of own's own.

This edition of the book does contain some imperfections, but so what. Blame the editors and not the writer. The editors should have done a better job - editing their writers' work IS their job! But, apparently, the second edition of this book has been better edited (it's found on Amazon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2011
I found this book a good read though very distressing.The extreme cruelty inflicted on the young Celine was just stomach churning. Why no one helped her is a sad reflection on Irish society of the 50's, Whoever was responsible for placing her with such a wicked unfeeling woman has a lot to answer for, she was obviously not checked in any way. Many were aware that she was being brutally abused and turned a blind eye, shame on them all to leave a young vulnerable child to her tragic fate.
I have great admiration for Celine, she bravely turned her life around, educated herself and achieved so much, her inner goodness and kindness shine through this book and I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
I'm very picky about which books I read and find it difficult to get into a book but by page 2 I was hooked. This book is easy to read and tells the story very well. I would recommend the book as well worth a read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2008
Sometimes you'll pick up a book that will grip your senses and make you not want to put it down.
An example of how powerful the written word can be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2011
Celine, if you ever read the reviews, you are one truely amazing woman and I have nothing but respect for you. I can't start to imagine what you went through. Once started, I found it difficult to put your book down. You came through and went on to better your life through your family and education. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story with us.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2007
This book is brilliant. It is sad and shocking story. Celine had everything thrown at her and still came out a survivor. I can't understand how her foster mother could be so evil and her real mother just as bad. There was times in the story I cried but you can't help but keep reading as it is such a gripping book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2011
Another true story and again bringing the appaling injustices commited on these children to light. I was very tearful throughout this book but couldnt put it down because I wanted to learn more about the way children were treated in care.
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on 23 January 2014
I have just started reading this book and i am amazed by the facts in a small irish village and so many abusers ?, surely not every man in the area is a rapist/
peodophile ? is it something in the water and if people from this area are reading the book they must be wondering if there husbands or fathers are involved, as it seems a man could'nt pass this child without touching her, not saying she's a liar but its a bit much and thats only the fist few pages,in most reports of this nature it's usually a member of the family or a family friend, one or two sick peodophiles but a full town !!!My husband comes from a small irish town and he and his large family only remember a great chilhood he must be one of the lucky ones,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2011
I haven't started reading this one yet as I have so many! But I must say the delivery was quick, being that it was a used book it was in fabulous condition and the price was very good also!
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