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Don't Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal (Paperback)
  • Don't Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal (Paperback)

Don't Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 05/03/2007
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This heart-wrenching memoir from Toni Maguire tells the deeply moving story of an idyllic childhood that masked a terrible truth. Underneath her mother's gentility and her father's roguish charm lay horrifying secrets, which eventually led to their only child's near destruction. The first time her father made an improper advance on Toni, she was six years old. Her father warned her not to tell her mother, or anyone else, because they would blame her and wouldn't love her any more. It had to remain 'our secret.' When she finally built up the courage to tell her mother what had happened, she was told never to speak of the matter again. With no one to turn to, isolated and alone in rural Ireland, the abuse continued unhindered. At fourteen Toni fell pregnant by her father, and when her state was discovered she was made to have a late abortion which almost killed her. The truth of her childhood could no longer be kept hidden but, just as her father predicted, Toni found herself judged and rejected by her family, teachers and friends. The blame and anger she was treated with only worsened when her father was sent to prison as a result of his actions. This is the compelling story of her struggle to put the ghost of her childhood to rest, and emerge ultimately triumphant.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007223763

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“brillant”

A sad story, well wrote. I liked this book very much. I would strongly recommend this book. well worth the money.

23rd October 2011
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“Heart Wrenching”

I read this book in a couple of days. At times I was moved to tears by Toni's story. There are many books of a similar nature on the market at the moment, but not once, like others did I get the feeling that Toni... More

21st January 2011
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“Don't Tell Mummy”

A truly heart breaking story that kept me wanting to read on!! I really felt for the main character and easily sympathised with her. What a terrible ordeal for a child to go through.Overall a really good novel. xxx

3rd April 2008
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