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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2007
I found this book accidentally in our polish auction service and decided to buy it, although my english is not perfect. The description written by the seller got my interest but never in my worst nightmares I expected to find out what that little boy has been through.
What can I say - it is a breathtaking, heart-wrenching story, the more so that its's all true. It was hard to rate this book here, on amazon, because the option "I loved it" just didn't seem right - how can one "love" so terrifying story??? But I had no other choice. I read that cover to cover and was completely devastated. I felt so sorry for this little boy, for his stolen childhood and his lost trust. I just wanted to scream. I can't find the words to express my anger at his so-called father. This book changed something in me, although it was very hard to read. But there was hope at the end and I think every Survivor should read it and every parent of course. Here, in my country, such a problem as abusing children is often hidden, people still don't know how to talk to their children about some things that can be very important, they often don't know how to protect them. It looks like abusing doesn't happen here.
I wish this book was translated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2007
I used to work with Stuart back in his Norweb days and I have to say that this does now explain some of his behaviour and a few of the things he told me about in the time we worked together. Stuart is a lovely guy and I am really glad to hear that he has now sorted himself out as he deserves to be happy.

On the flip side of this, I can well imagine that this book would help a lot of people who have suffered in this manner, as it shows you can get through and survive against the odds - sometimes accepting help is the hardest thing though and often for no fault of your own.

I think Stuart is phenomenally brave to have written about this for the world to read and I look forward to his next book.

All the best
Sarah
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2006
I read this book from cover to cover pretty much in one go. The strength and courage of the author shines through, in the way be dealt with his abuse and then took on the might of the prison service when he was further abused in prison. It should be compulsory reading for all those training to be social workers, magistrates, teachers and anyone else who has a role in child protection. it isnt an easy read, but it a compelling read. And you will cry as you read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2006
Many don't kill their abusers even though they would like to and suffer for years for not doing just that believing their lack of action was a weakness. I don't condone killing another but can understand a little why he did I am not sure the end justifies the means but believe you have to walk in some ones shoes before judging there reactions. Stuart's abuser got off lightly in my opinion. There are so many books out about childhood abuse and survivor stories that one would think they read the same. This is so far from the truth, each book I have read writes from differing angles and the stories all unique in there own right. I admire the strength of Stuart and others who are able to speak out and say "Hi remember me I do count and no one had the right to do this"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2007
Stuart, i too was abused mentally, physically and sexually as a child. I can so relate to your feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, fear and not liking myself for what happened. Your book made me cry almost from beginning to end, but i so admire your strength and courage to fight back. You are an inspiration to us all. I thank you Stewart and wish you and your family the happiness and joy you so deserve my friend. Thank you. Best Regards, Jude.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2006
I have read Stu's book after a long wait for the postman to bring it, I must say its a must for all readers to read and see what life is like for a child to be abused, walk in Stuarts footsteps and feel the pain that he and his family had to go through. I thank the Judge for being leniant with him and allowing him a better chance in life and to pass on his strenth to other people

He has shown other victims of abuse that there is a light at the end of that tunnel and all they need is courage to fight the demons.

Well done Stuart and give my love to Tracey xx

Jim Browne
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2008
Having read this book from cover to cover I would like to say that Stuart has showed true courage and Bravery throught both his childhood and adulthood. I actually live very near to where this event took place and thank my lucky stars that I had the childhood that I did. I am glad to hear that Stuart is now able to get on with his life with his family (who obviously adore him very much).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2006
A horrible story but told with such finesse that you never want to stop reading. It is a shame on our society that these stories continue to happen and the precious children we should be protecting, are left to become victims of paedophiles, within their own families and without. A strong and riveting read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2008
Wow.... that sums up this book in one word, i read this book in 1day flat i just couldnt put it down. It was such an gripping story of how a young boy battled his way through everything to become a young man to battle through prison to become a father and part of his own family.. The book was amazing and real heart touching story. Some parts are unbearable to even imagine and i hold the most respect for Stuart Howarth the auther of the book and i loved this book!!
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2006
Can I review this book before it is released as it has been written by my partner Stuart.

It is a fantastic read from start to finish, even though I knew the story inside out it still made me laugh and cry when I read the final copy.

Because I know Stuart so well and love him so much, I can see him as a child, I can picture what a little rascal he was at times and how funny he must have been. He is a lot better than he was three years ago but at times that little boy still comes through.

If you have a look at his website you will see what a cute little thing he was, I would challenge anyone not to love that little face.

This book is only the start for Stuart, his next book "Finding Stuart" tells how he recovered from his past and how today he is a successful business man, happy and content living a life of peace and serenity.

Both Stuart's and my wish is that both men and women read this book as it will be an inspiration to all.

I have lived the life of a partner of someone who suffered childhood abuse and i can tell you it is not an easy life to live. Because you love the survivor so much you try to love them better, you make excuses for their behaviour, you forgive them anything because, seeing a grown man cry like a baby and tell you day after day they don't want to live, they don't know how to be and they are sorry for being damaged, is the most heart wrenching thing ever.

Today Stuart is in full recovery from his past, we live one day at a time but what a fantastic life we have.

You may think that this is another in a long line of Survivors books, but the difference is it is about a boy who fought back not just the abuser but life, he refused to be a victim, he is no longer a victim.

I am no longer the partner of someone who wants to end their life, Stuart now knows how to be and he now cries tears of joy.

Anyone who is still suffering must read this book and more importantly "Finding Stuart" because I promise you, you can recover whether you are the survivor or the partner of the survivor, we are living proof.
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