The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013
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"Marina Chapman's astonishing story . . . has intrigued the nation" (Daily Mail)
"An inspiring life story . . . The dramatic narrative reads like a real-life version of Tarzan" (Sunday Telegraph)
"The amazing story of a Bradford housewife that has more to do with Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan than David Hockney's home city in West Yorkshire" (Sunday Times)
"A nicely written, gripping read with some wonderful moments ... a story of love and hope." (Jim Greenhalf Bradford Telegraph & Argus)
The astonishing life story of a woman who, as a young girl, lived alone for five years with a family of monkeys in the wild jungles of ColombiaSee all Product Description
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"The girl with no name", as well as having all the elements of a good thriller, with suspense on every page, also has a lot to teach the reader: the way this little girl was adopted by a monkey family and the way she was treated with such heartlessness by fellow 'human' beings when she eventually made her way back to the 'civilised' world shows how much we could learn from the animals.
It's a tribute to the talent of Lynne Barrett-Lee, the ghostwriter who co-wrote this amazing tale, that this book manages to keep the reader captivated. She has managed to tell the story from the vantage point of the little girl, and later from the young teenage street kid.
The fact Marina became a doting mother and grandmother, despite all she went through, is an illustration of the amazing potential of the human spirit.
For those who can read between the lines, it also teaches that fear is our biggest ennemy. I would recommend readers to follow-up Marina's story, by reading 'Anastasia' by Vladimir Megré, first part of the 'Ringing Cedars' series. It tells the story of a Russian shaman, orphaned soon after her birth and who grew up deep in the Siberian taïga, being looked after by wild creatures such as bears.
Several reviewers have expressed disappointment that the book ended without explaining how she went on to become a wife and mother living in Bradford, but if they had continued reading Lynne Barrett-Lee's note at the end of the book they would realise a sequel is in progress. How this will live up to the first book I'm not sure, how can you top a story like this!
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I can only recommend this book to anyone! I read it in one day. It is such a gripping story. Don't miss it!Published 18 days ago by Melchen
Bought this book to use in work to demonstrate the nature/nurture debate so only intended to use it as reference but absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emma Bamlett
Gripping read, cannot put this book down. One of the most fascinating real life stories I have ever read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frances Aggarwal
Found the story compelling could hardly drag myself away from it look forward to the sequel cannot wait for itPublished 3 months ago by Dennis Swift
A real page Turner what a story as a mum the empathy I felt for this child who survived everything life threw at her. The good and bad choices she made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. M. Pattinson