Published: 01/02/2012
ISBN: 9781780880334
Format: Paperback



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The Girl Nobody Wants
A shocking true story of child abuse in Ireland
by Lily O'Brien

“It’s my 40th birthday today and I’m trying to smile, but as I look in the mirror all I can see is an empty shell, someone waiting to die... You could never tell that anything was wrong with me by just looking at me, as I dress clean and I keep myself tidy, and I have a smile on my face that hides my emotions and over the years I’ve become an expert at hiding behind it”

This is the shocking true story of an innocent girl abused by the very people who said they would take good care of her. Lilly’s family began the path to her destruction – they used and abused her – but they never ever wanted or loved her. The little girl was sexually physically and emotionally abused by many people around her who were able to hide behind the security of Ireland’s Catholic Church-run institutions. She also suffered at the hands of other people around them who they called their friends.

You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lilly was never given that chance – her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun. From the age of four, when she was first sexually abused, her life changed forever; when she walked through the institution’s doors in Ireland, her life continued along the same path that has destroyed her soul. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone.

“When I go to sleep it’s in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die.” A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come, The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies and fans of Jodi Picoult. It has been compared to Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called It, Damaged by Cathy Glass and The Kid by Kevin Lewis.

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The Bookseller Buyer's Guide, Spring 2012

this is the most astonishing book i have ever read and i felt every mile of that lifes journey in the end i felt like i knew what a very special person simon was to lily and i cant begin to think how hard it was for them and how hard it still is it is to her credit that she has made us all aware of certain things and that they do exist in a real world and even in times of extreme hardship she still fought for the ones she loved she [lily] is a very inspirational lady and i hope she does find happiness because "in my book" she deseves it bless you

by tony collins


 

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