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Trafficked – My Story by Sophie Hayes

traffickedWhen Sophie Hayes met the mysterious and charming stranger Bledi, she knew he would change her life – but she had no idea how much.

At first, it was a typical whirlwind romance. But one day Bledi told Sophie that love always comes at a price…Bledi tricked Sophie into travelling to Italy, where he forced her into selling her body on the streets to help him pay off a large debt. When she refused, he beat her, stole her passport and locked the doors. Terrified and ashamed, Sophie worked the dangerous Italian streets without rest, seeing as many as 30 clients in a night. She was completely at Bledi’s mercy for food, for clothes and for shelter.

With no money, no friends and no family, she was trapped.But Sophie found the strength to keep going, clinging to life by a single thread of hope –  that somehow she’d find a way to escape.

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Born into the Children of God : My Life Born into a Religious Cult and My Struggle for Survival on the Outsideby Natacha Tormey

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Born to French hippy parents attracted to the religious movement by the unusual mix of evangelical Christianity, free love and rejection of the mainstream, from an early age Natacha was brainwashed to believe she had a special destiny – that she was part of an elite children’s army bestowed with superpowers that would one day save the world from the Anti-Christ.

Torn away from their parents, Natacha and her 12 siblings were beaten on a daily basis and forced to sing and dance for entertainment in prisons and malls. Natacha never expected to live to adulthood. At the age of 18 Natacha escaped, but quickly found herself hurtling through a world she had no understanding of. Alone, and grappling to come to terms with an unbelievable sense of betrayal, she was stuck in a kind of limbo – confused and unable to feel part of either way of life. Natacha is one of the lucky ones; not all of her family survived the battle to shed the shame and pain of their past.

All Natacha ever wanted was to feel normal, but escaping the cult was only the beginning. Shocking, moving, but ultimately inspiring, this is Natacha’s full story; it is both a personal tale of trauma and recovery, and an exposé of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls

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Missing by Shelley MacKenney

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She bought a ticket on the first bus out of town – and disappeared . . .In her early twenties Shelley had a good job with prospects. But, having to support her nan and family, she got into debt, suffered a breakdown and lost her job, as the world closed in. One day she got on a bus and hours later got off in a strange city with nothing but the clothes on her back. She knew no one, but felt free at last – just before discovering that being lost and alone meant being vulnerable.In the years that followed, Shelley lived anonymously in refuges, hostels and on the streets. She felt trapped by her decision to run and the lengths she was forced to go to in order to keep her identity and location secret.But it was the momentous choice to get in touch with her family which proved to have the deepest consequences . . .Missing is the powerful true story of why one young woman vanished without trace – and what made her choose to come back.

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

queenieFrom the author of the bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story.

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘It isn’t Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.’ This is that letter. A letter that was never sent.

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning…

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Infographic – 5 ways to get kids excited about reading…..

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The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky

 

This is the story of Sasha Abramsky’s grandparents, Chimen and Miriam Abramsky, and of their unique home at 5 Hillway, around the corner from Hampstead Heath. In their semi-detached house, so deceptively ordinary from the outside, the Abramskys created a remarkable House of Books. It became the repository for Chimen’s collection of thousands upon thousands of books, manuscripts and other printed, handwritten and painted documents, representing his journey through the great political, philosophical, religious and ethical debates that have shaped the western world.
Chiman Abramsky was barely a teenager when his father, a famous rabbi, was arrested by Stalin’s secret police and sentenced to five years hard labour in Siberia, and fifteen when his family was exiled to London.
Lacking a university degree, he nevertheless become a polymath, always obsessed with collecting ideas, with capturing the meanderings of the human soul through the world of great thoughts and thinkers. He also made his living as a book-dealer and amassed a huge, and astonishingly rare library of literature.
Room by room, book by book, idea by idea, the world of these politically engaged intellectuals, autodidacts and dreamers is lovingly resurrected. In this extraordinary elegy to a lost world

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Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre – Book of the Week 24-10-2014

five and twentyIt’s the rule always watch your fives and twenty-fives. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armour, killing everyone in the truck. A bomb inside twenty five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon.

Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them.

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