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Harrowing but inspiring

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

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