Published: 01/03/2013
ISBN: 9781780884295
eISBN: 9781780886688
Format: Paperback/eBook

"Anyone who has seen a homeless person, who has wondered why welfare exists, who has struggled to understand why another person is acting the way they do should read Jane Hersey's Full Circle. This is a book on understanding...The book illustrates what it feels like to grow up and survive in the world after a traumatic childhood...It is a must read for anyone studying attachment disorders or trying to understand a person who's had a traumatic childhood."
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I was born in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester in 1953. This area of Manchester was part of one of the largest Jewish communities outside London. I have lived on the Fylde Coast for the past 30 ... read more

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Full Circle
by Jane Hersey

“My body shook with the first kick to my naked body. His boots were heavy. First he kicked at my legs. Then my thighs. I curled in a ball to try to protect myself, his kicks penetrated me, the bones in my back and ribs felt like they were crumbling. I knew I was going to die...Screams echoed around the room as I tried to reach up to the window so I could jump out.”

Full Circle continues the life story of Jane Hersey which began with Breath in the Dark. It tells the harrowing true tale of a socially isolated young woman, who is neglected, physically and emotionally abused and living in poverty and deprivation.

‘At the age of 16 I left Manchester, struggling with emotional and related physical problems. Unable to hold down a job I found myself homeless. Coerced into a relationship I quickly became pregnant. Soon after my partner turned extremely violent. The emotional and physical abuse was relentless. After a life threatening beating I left in the middle of the night with my 18 month old baby. Refused help by the Homeless Families Department because I had lived out of Manchester for three years, I found myself homeless with a baby, at the mercy of unscrupulous people, forced into prostitution and sexually exploited.

'Eventually I found an attic flat for myself and my son in a dilapidated, vermin infested house. My only conversation was to ask people in the street, "Please have you got the right time?". Three years later the Jewish Social Services got involved and offered me a decent flat on condition that I brought my son up in the Jewish faith, I agreed. I was 25 when I returned to the Jewish community.'

The first book in this autobiographical series was featured in The Jewish Telegraph, Ireland’s Big Issue and Jane appeared on a wide range of radio shows from Newstalk to the BBC. It’s been reviewed by the Madness and Literature Network (University of Nottingham) and recomended as a key text for clinicians, students, carers and parents.

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