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Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to escape. Paperback – 3 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007325169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007325160
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Truly remarkable … Lisa’s courage is an inspiration to us all.’ Shy Keenan and Sara Payne

'Her mother was no mother at all. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, Lisa somehow found the strength to rescue herself. Her plight inspired us to fight for a change in the law and her courage inspires victims everyday to speak out. She is and always will be a true Phoenix Hero.'
Shy Keenan & Sara Payne MBE

About the Author

Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the north of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted.


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Lisa had the most degrading childhood, one of the very worst I have read. It's a miracle she managed to survive the daily violence that was doled out to her from her stepfather. The cruel coldness of her mother is equally as shocking. It disgusts me to think her mother is out there somewhere being 'doted on' by her other children who so easily turned their back on their sister when she really needed their support.
But instead of letting that beat her, Lisa went on to testify against her 'dad' Frank in court last year.
Without the family support she should have recieved, Lisa found the strength to send her stepfather to prison.

This book is brilliantly written (without a ghost-writer as many are these days). It's honest, graphic in places but not overly done. I totally agree with the other reviewers - You won't want to put this book down until you find out for sure that she did survive her horrors. It's so frightening to hear that people witnessed some of the attacks and did absolutely nothing to help. The most upsetting one for me was the trip back from the doctors. I hope society has changed since then. I know for sure I would step in if I saw something like that happening!!!

I wish you all the very best in the future Lisa. Despite your lonely start in life you are now surrounded by lots of people who care and love you very much. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. I hope the more people that come forward may help those in similar situations to find the courage to take control and report their abuser.

Take care xx
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Lisa James, I take my hat off to you!

You have written a remarkable book about the most vile abuses but somehow managed to do it with both dignity and great charm. Your writing hooked me from the first page with your amazing spirit shining through. You are so couragious and brave to have taken that brute to court without any support. You deserve every happiness you now have with your husband and wonderful children.

I highly recommend this book. It isn't your run-of-the-mill memoir. This is a blinding read that you'll think about for a long time after. It thoroughly deserved its spot as a Sunday Times no1 bestseller.

Well done Lisa. Thank you for telling us your story. You will help many people with this.

xox
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I couldn't put this book down, the on going abuse that Lisa suffered made her terrified to tell anyone and even when she did she was ignored and even blamed for the actions against her. A truly heart breaking story and one which I hope shows other victims of abuse that there is always a way out.
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I have just finished reading this book and was completely disgusted that a man (if you can call him that) was allowed to get off so lightly with the horrendous crime he had committed. I felt so sorry for Lisa who tried her very best to get away from her callous and vile abuser. What shocked me more was that her bitch of a mother just let it happen under her nose, repeatedly saying it was Lisa's fault. I have read many books like this, and this has to be one of the saddest, such a poor, tormented girl Lisa was. There are so many people around the world who cant have children, and then you read about these vile creatures who call themselves parents. This is a rivettting read and I finished it within two days, such a brave recollection of the horrific things Lisa had to put up with. My heart goes out to you Lisa, you're very brave and have grown into a proper mother, unlike your own mum. All the best for your future.
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This Lady, and she is a Lady in every sense of the word, lived through the most horrific childhood, but somehow as an adult found the strength and courage to fight for justice. Let down by the person who should have saved her, her mother, in the most vile way and betrayed by her siblings she still managed to build a life for herself. It is a shame that her mother wasn't jailed for her part in the abuse, she has no right to call herself a mother and is without a doubt the most vile excuse for a human being I have ever read about. That her 'family' would side her over the author shows only that she is better off without them. This is a book that is at times painful to read, but you feel the need to get to the end to see what happens. You will her mother to save her, as she so easily could have, and dispair that she not only doesnt take her away and make it stop but becomes an active part in the abuse tricking her back once she has escaped. It is a wake up call to the reader that these things can go on around us without our knowledge and may get us to open our eyes more to other people. The bravery of this woman and her drive to survive will inspire any reader.
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I gave this book five stars simply because Lisa James is an extraordinary person, the way it has been written, (with great courage, intelligence & with none of her so called family (how on earth they can all live with themselves is any decent persons guess). For Lisa to then have the guts & strength to speak against her disgusting & vile step father & her biological mother, who should not be allowed the title 'mother'). (You Lisa, your husband & children deserve all the luck in the world..... To have gone through so much depravity, revulsion & abuse that no child or adult should ever, ever go through, plus come out the other end a remarkable young lady, who thank god turned out ''absolutely'' nothing like her so called unfeeling & cold 'mother'??. That's no mother, who can let that happen to any of her children. I am utterly appalled, disgusted & perplexed that firstly her mother allowed this prolonged abuse to take place, got away 'Scott free' as it were, with no criminal conviction whatsoever And to be able to get on with her own life with no conscious is absolutely unbelievable, sickening & totally unacceptable. And that sickening depraved & extremely violent 'father' who should be in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. Or at the very least He should be in jail for the rest of his sad & twisted life... I am so pleased Lisa that you are leading a successful life with your family (who deserve to be called that) a remarkable, supportive & loving husband, as well as your six children, who I am sure are loved & protected very much by yourself & your husband... I wish you & your family all the happiness in the world I really do...Read more ›
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