About Click, Click
Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh were three sisters born to a family of ten in Ballyfermot, Dublin in the 1960s. Their father abused all three of them in the family home throughout their childhood. In 1989, the sisters made the brave decision to bring charges against their father and, in 1990, the state took a successful case against him.
He was convicted and imprisoned. ‘Click, Click‘ is the story of their abuse; the exposure of a man prolific in his paedophilia; and an Irish childhood lost in a dysfunctional, abusive and torturous environment. Importantly, however, it is also the story of three women’s healing; their coming to terms with their abuse, and their forgiveness of themselves and others.
The Kavanagh sisters have refused to allow their abuse to define them. With fierce humour, insight and honesty, they now share their story and show that with love and determination, you can indeed conquer all.
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I have just finished reading your book, (Click, Click) openly admit to having tears with every chapter!! Seeing these photos of your communions set me off again remembering what happened!! But your bravery and sense of humour, the way you all got through each day leaves me in awe!!
I hope more abused children take hope from you, your court case win, and start to believe it isn’t their fault, that they can turn their horrific life around as all you have, giving back to your community. Although it is a gut-wrenching read it needed to be written, so much respect to you all for baring your darkest moments, I can only hope you all now have the life and happiness you all deserve xxx
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend who just said ‘it’s powerful’. A short way into the book I found it hard going as I knew what was to come! I went back to it two or three times before I felt quite humble and decided that if these girls had the strength to write it I had to be strong enough to read it and I’m glad I did. A huge sacrifice for the good of children everywhere.
This book is truthful, honest and brave. It is frequently painful to read, as an honest account of severe abuse should be, but also at times funny, inspiring and heart-warming.
The three sisters had different ways of coping, but they have all survived and achieved and not allowed the abuse to stamp “victim” upon them.
This should be essential reading for therapists, social and health workers and people who work for other organisations such as the police, schools, churches etc. for whom it is far easier to ignore rather than face up to the consequences of dealing with the abuse of the vulnerable.
It is a book for all of us. The more who understand, the harder it will be to conceal. Wonderful book! wonderful authors!
It made me cry at first but then I was so proud of the way you have all turned your lives around. It was an amazing read. May your lives be calmer in the years to come. God Bless xxx
I have purchased this book after hearing about it on This Morning a few months ago when the Kavanagh sisters came to speak about their story. I haven’t finished reading it yet but I’m not far from finishing. It is a very heartbreaking true story, not always easy to read bearing in mind that it has happened in real life but overall a very good book of hope.
A book written from the heart, it brings tears to your eyes having read about the dreadful abuse these sisters went through.
As an abused child myself there is always someone worse than yourself who has suffered more. A brilliantly written book and loved the way the sisters discussed each chapter thereby explaining their feelings in more detail and would challenge anyone to read this and not shed a tear or two.
This book was amazingly written. I felt like I was sitting in that kitchen crying with the sisters. Although very hard to read at times it was very well written account of the horror they were subjected to but also a very good insight to how abused children would act. Maybe someone reading this book will take note of another child living the same misery. Well done ladies, you are all very brave strong women 🙂 x
Received on Amazon.co.uk on 3 October 2013 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a great read, from start to finish, it is one of thos books you have to keep reading, quite graphic in places but that just adds to the true state of the book. A book I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind a lot of bad language.
I heard the sisters interviewed on the radio and immediately bought the book. Having heard them speak so openly, honestly and humorously I expected it to be a great read and I was not disappointed.
Parts of their story are disgustingly cruel and sad. At times I had to take breaks from reading – it was just too harrowing – but, having heard those women on the radio, I felt I owed it to them to read the whole thing. I kept reminding myself of the spirited optimism they showed during the interview (in spite of the interviewer’s somewhat condescending attitude) and that enabled me to keep reading.
I had faith in the women and in their story and, again, the book did not let me down. I’d like to think that the exposing of such disgraceful behaviour will help eradicate it but I really don’t know if that’s the case. However, I do believe that my life was enriched while reading the book because I felt I was in the company of some superbly strong, independent, honest people – and they demonstrated that those qualities can more than make up for a lack of formal education. I found their story excruciatingly painful but their telling of it was exhilarating.
Received on Amazon.co.uk on 31 December 2012 Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
The wine and cigarettes leitmotif running through this gut-wrenching account of an evilly- indulgent father is welcome comfort even for abstainers.
The father’s belief in his right to steal/break/devour his daughters’ innocence is beyond belief. Yet he did not take their souls – and this is the `gold’ threading love, hope, trust, courage throughout this book – all the good and shining human things. A thread to which this reader held onto whilst turning the pages describing one horror after another.
The horrors never lose their power, one is never immune to the sickening shock. During a recent BBC Radio 4 interview, one of the sisters remarked they were all concerned the explicit detail of the sexual abuse by their monster father would invite (and excite) paedophiles – a concern I experienced whilst writing a novel about the guilt of an abused child.
Though my account was no more than a page, it was the hardest part of the book to write and I put it off until the end, leaving a blank page in my manuscript until I could face it. Imagining was bad enough, the reality of the girls’ repeated suffering is unimaginable. However, my writing experience was a breeze compared to the storm-dark tempest-strength victimisation described in Click Click.
The power of this factual account is its ultimately heartening honesty told plainly and simply, the truth which every abused child is too scared, too scared to tell, the terrible but necessary truth.
This is a true story written by the daughters of the man who sexually abused them until they were adults.
It is harrowing, yet at times you find yourself laughing out loud at the things the girls say.
Justice is served in the end, although it takes a long time and the girls are branded as liars, telling their story to ‘make money’ but truth will out.
There are so many books written about it, it’s sad, but read one and you’ve read them all. That doesn’t mean I don’t have sympathy or empathy for the girls involved in this story and I admire tremendously their courage and fight as they take their abuser to court, and their story is finally told, The abuser denies all the allegations against him – stating he was seduced by the girls!!
It is at times so sad, yet the girl’s fight for the right to have their dignity and their good hearts restored to them, their mother believes them and joins in the fight to restore their dignity.
The title is so inspiring – but these girls love each other and finally after all that is done to them, they continue in their fight to show their dignity, how frightened they are, by lack of support how at times they felt like felt like giving in and not going through with the fight to restore their good names and dignity.
I don’t normally read these type of books, but my sister bought it me on my kindle and I am so glad she did, as the subject is harrowing, the girls have such fantastic senses of humour, you have to laugh with them too. I can’t recommend this book enough – it is full of bravery, sadness, and joy and beautifully told.
I would love to meet the girls (well grown up ladies now) and thank them for their courage in fighting their fight when all was against them, I just would love to say a big thank you to them for baring their souls and going through what they had to prove their innocence and hug their loving caring mother who helped them in the fight to prove the truth. An awe inspiring book well worth reading and who knows, how many others it may inspire to fight their stories and give them the justice they so deserve.
Received on Amazon.co.uk on 19 October 2013 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is impossible to know (although they give a good description) what these women went through and at first, I was regretting starting this book but I am so GLAD that I did. It makes naive people like me realise what can happen in families to innocent children. How true is the saying “You can choose your friends but not your family” who would choose a paedophile for a dad?
If you know Joyce, June and Paula personally and you want to give them a hug and say WELL DONE girls. What an achievement. I recommend everyone to read this book.
I bought this book after meeting the Kavanagh sisters. Without meeting these inspirational women I may never have picked up this book in the store as I would have thought it too difficult a read – I am very glad however that circumstances conspired for me to read this tremendous book of courage and optimism.
Click, Click is a harrowing read but throughout there is humour, hope, and encouragement for others. Reading this book is an opportunity to learn in detail what abuse was like for three young girls who experienced it throughout their childhood (no small feat for the authors), to recognise the bravery of the Kavanagh sisters and abuse survivors everywhere, and to continue to educate ourselves on the reality of abuse and the impact it has on those who experience it and their families.
I had picked this book up time and time again wondering whether I could read it and be able to cope with what it had to say inside and I always put it back down leaving it for “another time maybe” but I finally decided to read it whilst on holiday and I’m so glad I did.
I found the story well told although utterly harrowing in lots of parts due to the treatment of the children within the family by their evil, sexually demanding father who used the girls for his own sexual satisfaction and gratification. How they managed to cope is beyond belief and also to go on to tell their story after finally bringing the man who deprived them of their innocence and a normal childhood, to justice.
The story is very uplifting at the end and very funny in parts especially with the sometimes choice language used although you have to understand that this sort of language was commonplace in Irish families of that time so nothing out of the ordinary to them.
I hope that they have achieved everything they wished to from writing this book and I also hope that others in the same position take strength and the courage from it to go on to bring their abusers to justice.
I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Received on Amazon.co.uk on 12 June 2012 Format: Paperback
A must read. Its hard to believe these sisters went through such a horrific childhood at the hands of such a monster. At times I thought I couldn’t read anymore due to what these ladies went through but you get so hooked that you want to read their story to find out if that monster got what he should and to see how these ladies ended up later in life. I cried at the end because it was brilliant to see these ladies success well done to them for not letting him win.
This is one of the most moving and inspiring books I have ever read. It is a beautifully written story of the journey of the three sisters from being helpless victims to powerful women that everybody should read. It is a testament to the power of sisterhood, of community and, ultimately, of love. I can’t recommend it strongly enough – I found it really boosted my faith in humanity and helped me to more deeply appreciate the good things in my own life. You can’t beat that!
Wow. The most raw honesty I can remember ever reading and I read a lot!
You will cry, that is for sure but you will also laugh out loud and your heart will feel warm, especially as you get closer to the end. I don’t want to sugar coat it, there are extremely horrific facts in this book. I mean these sisters went through some of the worst physical, mental, and emotional abuse you might have ever heard. However that makes their healing journeys, each a bit different, all the more powerful and so inspiring!
The book itself has a very descriptive writing style, the reader is easily transported into many of the scenes with the ladies, especially in recent days where you can taste all that tea and smell the smoke-filled kitchen while they all chat. As a reader, you are there and feel like you really were with them in the room for each step of their healing journey as they became adults. So it’s an easy read, you will probably read it in one or two sittings.
It would have been enough just for these sisters to say they survived their abuse but they have so far surpassed and moved beyond their past torture. What these women have achieved in their lives, not just their own loving families but their relationships, educations, careers, and now this book is an inspiring story for everyone, not only other victims. They have decided to share their darkest secrets and really “put it all out there” in order to let others realize the power of inner strength, different styles of growing, moving on, not being defined by your past and most important that life can get better for anyone who is or has really suffered.
I recommend reading it with a friend at the same time because you are DEFINITELY going to need to discuss it with someone while you are reading!!
I thought what those girls went through was just awful. I liked the book but it was such a sad and true story of abuse of children, I felt like crying through most of it. I’m delighted for these women that they are strong now and have gone through life as strong women
Received on Amazon.com on February 3, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
How can some children have such a charmed life and others live their lives in such fear and shame which were not their faults – every child is born innocent and should be protected – shows the manipulation of a beast of a father and a mother you have had to have turned a blind eye…
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