A heart-rending memoir of a deprived childhood in 1950s and '60s Dublin that will both horrify and inspire
Martha Long was born in Dublin in the early 1950s and still lives there today. She calls herself a 'middle-aged matron' and has successfully reared three children.
Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category . .
. a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and
an unforgettable experience for the reader * Irish Independent
[Long's] story is unique in its rawness and its honesty. Entirely self-educated, she narrates her own life in a way which is both riveting and moving * Greenock Telegraph *
Without question the most harrowing tale I have ever read. Even Charles Dickens, whom we appreciate for being the voice of so many abused children, is left in the dust -- Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple