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Survivors

One Brave Detective's Battle to Expose the Rochdale Child Abuse Scandal
Narrated by: Maggie Oliver
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Summary

The shocking true story behind the hit TV drama Three Girls.

When detective Maggie Oliver first discovered that children as young as 10 were being groomed, abused and trafficked for sex by gangs of men in the Rochdale area, she felt like a lonely voice calling for people to act. 

Banging on closed doors, it seemed that nobody was able or willing to help her save these vulnerable girls, but she couldn't just sit back while countless lives were being destroyed forever in plain sight. Instead, she launched a one-woman campaign to bring down these sickening gangs. 

This is the heartbreaking and shocking story of how the actions of one determined detective secured convictions in what is now one of the most notorious grooming cases in the UK. Along the way Maggie discovered countless examples of how the authorities were letting down our most vulnerable children. She blew the whistle, losing her job and at times her mind, in a bid to stop others from experiencing the same. 

This is the first ever account from a police insider on the endemic problem of child sexual exploitation across the nation and how these cases are handled by the authorities put in place to protect us. 

It tells the story of a woman brave enough to speak out and a group of girls who found the strength to fight for justice after having their lives completely shattered by their abusers; together they show in shocking detail why this must never happen again.

©2019 Maggie Oliver (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Odd book

I thought this was about of the Rochdale Child Abuse scandal (which in part it is) but it's actually the autobiography of the whistle-blower. I found it repetitive in parts and dull in others, and I really don't feel it does justice to the girls stories. Whilst I do feel sorry for the lady's struggles in life that's not why I bought the book. Sorry not for me

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More about Maggie's life than the survivors.

An interesting listen but more about Maggie than the survivors. Also found her voice irritating.

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Disappointing

This is an extraordinary story, that needed to be told, especially from the perspective of the whistleblower, but what a missed opportunity. I would recommend skipping the first 3 chapters at least, it's a monologue of irrelevant personal information, and it goes on and on and on. I was a big fan before reading it, but far less so afterwards.. The parts of the book which were actually about the survivors was okay.

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insightful Heartfelt Truths

I Wish Everyone In The UK Would Read This Book To Understand What Does & Does Not Go on In Our Communities & Child Services/Police. Its Insightful into The Systemic Negative Attitudes, Towards Victims, At Top Levels.... Love The Fact That It Is Read By Maggie Herself As She Is The Only One Who Can Give The Narrative True Justice. Well Done Maggie xx

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Not good

Like an autobiography of someone you don’t want to read an autobiography about. First 3 hours are tedious

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heart breaking

this is a horrendous story of kids let down by a system that is so pc you cant do anything in case someone gets offended. its not often that things made you so angry you want to jump in to the page and help out but Maggie Oliver deserves a medal, her uphill battle against the asian pedo rings and her own police force is soul destroying. Kids scarred for life and muslim rapists out walking the streets cant be right.

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Heartbreaking

Such a harrowing unbelievable story, thank goodness these poor girls had Someone fighting there corner.

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A moving story

Moved by this story so well narrated by the author herself. Shocking abuse unveiled and should never happen again.

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Police corruption & PC lunacy at highest levels

Astonishing and must listen account of one woman's fight for justice on behalf of abused girls. Shocking and relevant. NOT FAKE NEWS

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One woman making a stand against the establishment

Maggie gives such an honest and emotional story it's hard not to cry at times

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  • Karen Brooks
  • 28-02-20

A must read (listen)

very sad that this goes In, and Maggies determination priceless. a well put together true event that we should never forget continues to go on! Now watching Three girls which is award winning, but hard to watch at times.