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Summary

For 46 years, Carol Minto has quietly gone about her life, carrying with her the most extraordinary and heartbreaking secrets.

Born into poverty and with mostly absent parents, Carol helped to raise her nine siblings. But when she was just 11 years old, her older brother began to sexually abuse her. After four years, Carol managed to escape - and ran away from home.

Picked up by social services, they place her at Aston Hall in Derby, a psychiatric hospital now infamous for the ghoulish ‘truth serum’ experiments it carried out on children. Over three years, Carol was stripped, sedated, assaulted and raped by Kenneth Milner, the doctor in charge.

Eventually she is released back into the community, aged 18, and has a daughter. But the baby is taken away for adoption, and Carol’s trauma intensifies. In 2010, Carol finally plucked up the courage to speak out about the abuse she suffered - and received justice, at last.

In The Asylum, Carol tells the full story of how she overcame unimaginable suffering, to find the happiness and solace she has today as a mother and grandmother.

©2021 Ann Cusack (P)2021 W F Howes

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A very sad read.

terrible story of sexual, mental and physical abuse. I cannot understand why the powers that be do not believe it when children are systematically abused. It was a compelling book. I hope all the survivors are well and coping with life. The amount of compensation was pitiful.

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Thank goodness times have changed

I was absolutely shocked when I realised that this happened in the 1950s as I was was born in 1952.
I was shocked and discussed by how the social services handled the matter by not even interviewing Ian and I was absolutely discussed with Carol's mother for not believing her.
This book is a very powerful account of a young girls up bringing and of how people let her down time after time, locked her away for years then let her go with no training of the outside world. It's no wonder that most people don't trust social services with things like this going on.
Thank goodness in the end Ian finally got his comeuppance.
I hope Carol now finally has the peace she deserves with Karl's loving family sadly life still left her the cruel blow with Sunny dying so young.
The narrator did an excellent job as well.

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Terrible

I could not listen to the narrator her voice is terrible, boring to listen

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Simply WOW!!!

I chose this book without somehow really realising it was a true story!
I have no words to explain how in awe I am of Carol Minto, what she endured and her resilience she is amazing!! God bless her ❤️

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wow!!

I just wa nearly say how amazing you are for going through this nightmare. fantastic book x

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Heartbreaking

Brilliant read, didn’t want to stop reading. Very harrowing what Carol and these poor girls went though. I’m very pleased Carol got her happy ever after in the end

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Captivating Read

What a brave girl/lady you are Carol, what you have endured in you life, by people who should have loved, cared and nurtured you is horrific. However, to finally speak out is very courageous, you have highlighted the suffering of not only yourself but of your fellow inmates and friends. I sincerely hope you have a happy and contented rest of your life with your lovely son and family, truly deserved.

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must add to the list

tough but great listen. it's unbelievable that people have had to go through that.

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Heartbreaking story of an inspirational lady 💖

This can be a hard listen, but ultimately it’s a story that needs to be heard. The horrors that Carol sent through at the hands of her brother. The failure from her Mother, and her Dad. The disgusting abuse and cruelty, being locked in an asylum, for no other reason, than Carol being a victim. It will make you sad, but it will also make you smile. Carol is a survivor. Carol is an inspiration and I pray this story will help others to come forward. Help others to realise no abuse is “your” fault. This book has touched my heart. ❤️

I really liked this narrator. Being Scottish myself, I know some Scots accents can be a bit rough, but Fiona is very easy to understand, has a kind voice and make listening easy. So props there too 🙌🏼

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girl of courage

loved it would read it again, absolutely believable, humour amongst the misery , light at the end of the tunnel

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Overcoming a life of abuse

I loved it and was an easy listen once I got used to the Irish/Scottish accent. The entire book held my interest as well.

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