Don't Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal (Paperback)Toni Maguire (author)
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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
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
`Hard to put down .... I truly felt I was living her life alongside her, being taken back in time. I could almost smell the honeysuckle and soda bread but also feel the dread and fear.' Jane Elliott, author of the No.1 bestseller `The Little Prisoner'
'This memoir is testament to [Toni Maguire's] amazing courage'. Closer magazine.
`Amazing'. The Mirror.
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“Don't Tell Mummy”
I think this book really does attract the reader. it allows you to explore what a little girl went through in her childhood and makes you realise how lucky you are.
“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
A sad story, well wrote. I liked this book very much. I would strongly recommend this book. well worth the money.
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