'This morning I found this bag. I had been looking for sweets. I put my hand in the bag and felt a sticky liquid on my fingers, then I looked at it. A red smear. Then I looked in the bag: bloody knives and clothes. It didn't feel good. What did it mean? I don't know. There are no answers; I daren't ask the questions'
Growing up in poverty in London's East End, Kathy was eight years old when her father forced her mother into prostitution. When their mother fled, leaving Kathy and her sisters behind, the girls stuck fiercely together while being passed from children's homes to boarding schools. Then, on a rare trip home, Kathy looked out the window to see a man firing four shots into a Rolls-Royce. It took several seconds for her to realise the victim was her mother's lover, and the gunman was her father.
Kathy began her haunting memoir when, as an adult, she travelled back to London, to find out who her gangster father really was. A compelling memoir of an extraordinary childhood, Dance for your Daddy is a true story of the effects on one family of poverty and affluence, violence and love.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 156 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 14 mm
"Dance for your Daddy is a powerfully dramatic story which will tug on your heart strings and have you wishing you could turn back time for Kathy. Truly heartbreaking" -- Richard McCann, author of JUST A BOY and THE BOY GROWS UP
"The story of four extremely resilient girls, whose closeness and love for each other throughout [their] trials are remarkable to observe ... fascinating" * Canberra Times *
"Reminiscent of Andrea Ashworth's Once in a House on Fire. Both books are testaments to the resilience of children who given a modicum of love and an opportunity or two, fight through" * Age *