In her brave and revealing story, Kim's memories of growing up are not of love and cuddles, but of beatings and random cruelty. Shuttled between the brutal houses of her warring parents, a succession of miserable children's homes, and a grim convent, Kim's past has cast a long shadow over her life. But just before her 16th birthday, she finally made her escape. It has taken decades of hard work, and a wonderfully happy marriage, to conquer depression, but she has now emerged unbowed and unbeaten as Britain's Queen of Clean.
©2006 Kim Woodburn; (P)2006 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
I found Kim's voice a little hard on the ears, but I'm pleased I listened to, rather than read the book.
How Kim was able to get back up, dust herself off and deal with everything she had thrown at her.
A great deal of emotion was in her performance.
Having a world of love from my mum, I was heartbroken to hear how cruel and wicked her mum was. Her family was cold and chose to turn a blind eye on so many things. I was moved to tears when Kim spoke of her baby, you could hear the emotion in her voice.
Now Southend on sea
Got to say Kim does get my back up at times but know I feel I know where she is coming from and never will I thing a negative thought about her again xxxx
Factual, autobiographies, memoirs
Easy to listen to. Unbelievably horrible life story with a happy ending, I had no idea she was from my home town of Portsmouth which made it all the more interesting.
This book was short enough to be read comfortably in one weekend. Kim reads it in the manner you would expect, to the point with no nonsense, and I think that enhances the mood of the story. She doesn't use flowery or high brow words, she doesn't try to be something she isn't. It's tragic and it's inspirational. Most people would have crumbled at a fraction of Kim's nightmares yet she troops on into adulthood with amazing stoicism. It's not cheerful but it should have you feeling that the human spirit is stronger than you think.
I found this audiobook very easy to listen to and certainly inspiring... Definitely worth the time and money.
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