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Barbara was 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But during her stay, Barbara was systematically drugged and abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner.

Somehow, eventually, she started to campaign for answers. This is a shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care.

©2017 Barbara O'Hare (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Horrific childhood. Almost too bad to believe.

I can't imagine all the atrocities the author endured as a child. Great narration. Sad story but kept the listener engaged.

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Gut wrenching, incredibly sad

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I can't say anything was enjoyable about the story, it was one of the most horrific stories I have heard, but one that must be told and known about.

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Barbara, thank you for sharing your terrifying and maddening story. I hope that the success of your book continues to bring you more healing and that it may allow for others to step forward who have also been so brutally abused; to give their own terror a voice.

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Gripping story of horrific childhood abuse

Barbara oHare writes an incredible biography of her abused childhood and the people that knew and did nothing to help. I feel for her and all the victims is Aston Hall and the despicable Milner...He was no Doctor.

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Fantastically Horrible

This book was well written, and the things the author endured were very brutal. The narrator comes off a little annoying at first but after a little while I understand why she was chosen to narrate the book. Her child like voice brought the character to life. Loved this book.

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great listen

loved it! great listen. a true story of a rough childhood! treatment of a mental hospital

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Couldn't put it down

Incredible. If you didn't know otherwise, you would think this is just a really good fiction/horror tale. Just incredible.

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Too horrific to believe!

This story is saddening, maddening, horrific, just too many adjectives come to mind to describe it. Almost too awful to believe. Found I could not stop listening. God bless this author for what she lived through and survived. Sad to think that situations like this happen -- and without a doubt, still do today!! :(

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couldn't put it down

loved the book it broke my heart and blew me away all at the same time definitely worth the read

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Dramatic true story.

I wasn’t certain if this was a true story or a historical novel. I googled. The abuses at the named hospital and the named doctor are well documented. By coincidence, I had just finished listening to “ Slave Girl,” by the same narrator. The narrator is excellent, and alternated her accent and tones, adult vs child, very well. This book/Audible is well worth reading. Anyone enjoying this book, should consider The Throwaway Children. Although that Audible is 17 hours, it kept my interest throughout. There is more genuine humanity to that book, though it is a historical novel, not a true story.

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Terrifying but helpful

As a social worker I can not thank Barbara enough for this story. This book will have you gripping your seat and having to finish the next chapter. The way it was told was excellent!
Just so unbelievable and believed at the same time. The experience it gave me as a social worker , I will find a way to contact Barbara and tell her. Must read!!

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  • Julie
  • 05-03-20

i now have my file....

thank you for writing this book,
because of your bravery, i was eventually brave enough to make contact with the wonderful lady that you gave me the number for.
i have now been able to read my file. it is heart breaking to read.
Julie xxx

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  • Mr C Edwards
  • 01-29-18

Inspiring and truthful

A tear jerking story which had me compelled to the very end, narrated beautifully by Charlie Sanderson. I hope Barbara that you eventually get final closure. Thank you for sharing your story. X

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  • Jan
  • 09-26-18

Totally Absorbing Book

Society's disgusting hidden truth finally fully revealed. Harrowing at times especially when we now realise how prevelant organised child abuse is and has ALWAYS been. It's rife among those in positions of power and control. May Milner's pedophile associates be hunted down and pay for their vile deeds and those who are dead, especially Milner, may they NEVER rest in peace and burn in the bowels of hell for eternity for the pain, suffering and deaths they were responsible for.

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  • David McGough
  • 07-20-20

Very Harrowing and Wonderful Courage

What a truly sad wonderful and deeply harrowing book by Barbara O' Hare and narrated brilliantly by Charlie Sanderson - I myself am a victim/survivor of truly brutal torture from an uncaring repulsive NHS system and wholly determined to cover-up what happened to me. The current system of pursuing justice in this country is designed against the victim/survivor and this simply has to stop from a system scared of admitting the obvious traumatic abuse of vulnerable adults and which is still widespread. There never is a justification for erroneous 'treatments' and Barbara O' Hare' account of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of evil Dr Milner is truly horrendous - the raw shock of the brutality and disdain show to vulnerable people is truly horrifying. I cried heavily listening to this book because of my own life story and because I am still without justice for being tortured at the hands of criminal NHS Trusts. I agree that living whatever your own individual story is it does make us exceptionally strong super humans - if the system in this country shows duty of care to vulnerable children/adults they have truly horrifically failed and actually learns valuable lessons then a better world awaits us. David McGough

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-18

A struggle to finish🙄

Story that needs to be told but way too long and repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • SARAH GREENWOOD
  • 02-08-18

captivating

captivating amazing book, couldn't stop listening from start to finish a sad story though xx

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  • Sally Shepherd
  • 02-06-18

Wow!

How clouls this be allowed to have happened this is the 60 70s shocking treatment.So glad Barbara was able to tell this heartbreaking stort

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  • Alison Morton
  • 07-20-20

heartbreaking real life story

Highly recommended. It's horrific that anyone had to endure this, I listened in absolute horror to the story of Barbara's life. But is was such a compelling listen. My heart goes out to her and to the child she was who endured such horrific treatment at the hands of the very people a child should be able to trust.
I didn't experience child abuse like this but I married my abuser and so much of the emotions that come out in the book resonate with me I have CPTSD. I feel inspired to take Barbara's advice and write my story. just for myself and my healing.
Barbara is a true warrior and I thank her for her courage and incredible resilience.

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  • Denise N
  • 09-17-18

Such amazing courage and strength.

This book demonstrates the unbelievable horror suffered by precious children . it's author has amazing strength.

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  • Kerrie Young
  • 07-13-18

Poor Narration

The story itself was very engaging but the terrible narration deflected attention from it as I found myself being irritated by the narrators lack of the use of punctuation

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  • Justine S.
  • 10-04-18

Heart breaking

An amazing story of institutional child abuse, recovery and hope. loved it. A true redemption story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-18

Heartbreaking

This story is utterly heartbreaking.
I could not fault the way it was written or the narration at all.
This book kept me invested the whole way through and left me feeling so sad and frustrated at what Barbara went through.
Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Barbara O’Hare is a true survivor

An amazing story of this woman’s survival. I had tears and couldn’t stop listening to her story

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  • Sharon Roder
  • 05-04-21

Great book, very sad & inspirational.

Loved this book, very sad & made me angry, however very inspirational. Excellent narrative. would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

Powerful

Barbara. I am so proud of you. This book Moved me to tears. So important.

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  • maree
  • 04-29-21

great book

listened in one sitting, work, walking, driving. Sad but great read. horrible to hear what these kids went through but inspired by the strength and resistance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

Utterly heartbreaking

I couldnt stop listening to Barbara's story and what a heartbreaking story it was. such a horrible upbringing and even worse some or should I say most of the adults in her life. the narrator told the story incredibly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-21

the hospital

excellent book. I really love reading stories like this it makes you think how lucky you are. the narrator was brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-21

great was really eye opening knowing what they did

loved it to know back in past . it was nocw seeing her survive and live

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-21

Intriguing

Amazing story of a true survivor, very sad to hear of her life in past. Learnt to listen to words of people who speak of abuse. Loved it and life changing.