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Porky Paperback – 4 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099479834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099479833
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Illuminates with great compassion how love can so easily go off the rails" (Daily Mail)

"At once eerily exuberant and bleak, this is a compassionate, tough book" (Observer)

"Deborah Moggach conveys with chilling skill the process by which a fundamentally bright, decent child becomes infested by corruption" (Spectator)

"Extraordinarily skilful" (Anita Brookner)

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I read this book quite a few years ago and always remembered it. It isn't an easy read.The corruption of a fundamentally decent child is not an easy subject to write about, let alone to read. Heather, nick named 'Porky' by her school mates, has a hard life with a feckless father,distant mother and unruly brother.When her father becomes much too close in his relationship with his daughter, it ends up poisoning everything in Heather's life. She sees herself as undeserving of love and punishes herself and those around her, including Ali who really loves her. Sharp and sad.
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this book is unusual and I found myself getting into the character very quickly

the book focuses on some real life issues and if you are at all interested in what makes people tick and how ones childhood can affect you then this is the book for you
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Although a novel rather than a True story, it was written with great insight into the impact of childhood sexual abuse on later life. Even though the abuse stopped, the damage was done. Sympathetic description of an inadequate father and a disillusioned mother who both failed to protect their daughter. A very sad story without sensationalism that I truly believed in and every tear shed whilst reading was for the innocent victim - PORKY
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...Too explicit. I realise that authors sometimes need to not shy away from difficult and taboo topics but I think it would be better if the story had been less explicit. And poor Heather doesn't even get a happy ending
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By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2013
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WARNING: SOME READERS MAY THINK THIS REVIEW TELLS THEM MORE THAN THEY WANT TO KNOW BEFORE READING THE BOOK.

A beautifully written and deeply sad book. Nineteen-year-old Heather, nicknamed Porky, begins by recalling her childhood. Her mother could not express any feelings, Heather could not communicate with her, and she was absent most of the day working at Heathrow Airport, just across the road where they had their mean little bungalow on a derelict and desolate patch of land which hardly ever saw anybody else. Her father had once been a traveller, but his wife had made him settle down. It was an unhappy marriage. He loved his little girl and looked after her, though she often had to wait for hours outside the pub while he was drinking inside. Until she went to school she had a lonely childhood and seemed satisfied with the absolute minimum of stimulus.

When she was ten and her mother was in hospital giving birth to her brother Teddy, her father began behaving inappropriately towards her. First she did not even realize it; then, in her ignorance, she began to misinterpret what had happened, making it considerably worse than at that stage it actually was. And when she tentatively asks some adults questions, their answers are just more bewildering. Eventually that is sorted out, but by the time she is thirteen, the inappropriate behaviour became worse, and then she suddenly realized that she has colluded in something that is wrong. First she felt very guilty, blaming herself; only later does she come to blame her father, too; but she allows him to carry on because she loved him and did not want to lose his love. But by the age of fifteen she had stopped loving him, and saw him for the inadequate slob he was.
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This book is a compelling read, contrasting starkly described horrors with the banality of the day to day survival of their aftermath. It haunted me for a long time after I'd read it.
I'd say this & Final Demand are her best books.
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