Don't Tell Mummy

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This heart-wrenching memoir from Toni Maguire tells the deeply moving story of an idyllic childhood that masked a terrible truth. Underneath her mother's gentility and her father's roguish charm lay horrifying secrets, which eventually led to their only child's near destruction.The first time her father made an improper advance on Toni, she was six years old. Her father warned her not to tell her mother, or anyone else, because they would blame her and wouldn't love her any more. It had to remain ?our ...

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Don't Tell Mummy: A True Story of the Ultimate Betrayal

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Overview

This heart-wrenching memoir from Toni Maguire tells the deeply moving story of an idyllic childhood that masked a terrible truth. Underneath her mother's gentility and her father's roguish charm lay horrifying secrets, which eventually led to their only child's near destruction.The first time her father made an improper advance on Toni, she was six years old. Her father warned her not to tell her mother, or anyone else, because they would blame her and wouldn't love her any more. It had to remain ‘our secret.’When she finally built up the courage to tell her mother what had happened, she was told never to speak of the matter again. With no one to turn to, isolated and alone in rural Ireland, the abuse continued unhindered.At fourteen Toni fell pregnant by her father, and when her state was discovered she was made to have a late abortion which almost killed her. The truth of her childhood could no longer be kept hidden but, just as her father predicted, Toni found herself judged and rejected by her family, teachers and friends. The blame and anger she was treated with only worsened when her father was sent to prison as a result of his actions. This is the compelling story of her struggle to put the ghost of her childhood to rest, and emerge ultimately triumphant.

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‘Hard to put down …. I truly felt I was living her life alongside her, being taken back in time. I could almost smell the honeysuckle and soda bread but also feel the dread and fear.’ Jane Elliott, author of the No.1 bestseller ‘The Little Prisoner’'This memoir is testament to [Toni Maguire's] amazing courage'. Closer magazine.‘Amazing'. The Mirror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007223763
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,005,547
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Maguire lives in the UK and has lived in Ireland. She spends 3 months of every year in South Africa.Andrew Crofts (ghostwriter) has ghost-written three hardback number one bestselling memoirs including ‘Just a Boy’ and ‘The Little Prisoner.’

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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Very boring

    Very sad but also very boring... some parts really lost my attention

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Very sad:(

    Very great book... but verrryyy saddd

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Good book

    Good book, well written but very sad

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Spoil it for me please!

    I want to know what hapens. I really don't care what everyone says I will decide if I want to read it or not but not by the numbers of stars people give the book. Just saying.....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    joni

    What happens to the little girl in the story?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Good

    Gooe

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    B

    Wierd book

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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