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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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‘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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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
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.
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Thoroughly heart breaking story of a very brave child / young women. Who I am pleased to see conquered evil.Published 3 months ago by Anon
Very sad book. But I'm a massive fan of true books and this was a great red!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Heart breaking but very good to read! Very good ending to a very sad story of a defenseless child who become a very strong woman!!Published 8 months ago by Lisa W.
What's story, it never fails to amaze me how sadistic human beings can be, truly horrifying, I've read some stories but this drained me, hope the very best for Lisa.Published 9 months ago by susan
Excellent story that is really emotional.and holds true meaning and what countless girls face.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most horrific stories of child neglect and abuse I have ever encountered from reading this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by stephen persaud