In her brave and revealing story, Kim's memories of growing up are not of love and cuddles, but of beatings and random cruelty. Shuttled between the brutal houses of her warring parents, a succession of miserable children's homes, and a grim convent, Kim's past has cast a long shadow over her life. But just before her 16th birthday, she finally made her escape. It has taken decades of hard work, and a wonderfully happy marriage, to conquer depression, but she has now emerged unbowed and unbeaten as Britain's Queen of Clean.
©2006 Kim Woodburn; (P)2006 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
Easy to listen to. Unbelievably horrible life story with a happy ending, I had no idea she was from my home town of Portsmouth which made it all the more interesting.
This book was short enough to be read comfortably in one weekend. Kim reads it in the manner you would expect, to the point with no nonsense, and I think that enhances the mood of the story. She doesn't use flowery or high brow words, she doesn't try to be something she isn't. It's tragic and it's inspirational. Most people would have crumbled at a fraction of Kim's nightmares yet she troops on into adulthood with amazing stoicism. It's not cheerful but it should have you feeling that the human spirit is stronger than you think.
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