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Tressa

The 12-Year-Old Mum
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Summary

Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain's youngest mum in 2006 aged just 12 years and eight months. Her case provoked shock and outrage - but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyone could ever have imagined. 

Born into a life of poverty and neglect, Tressa was forced to grow up fast when was she taken into care at just four years old. She was returned to her mother's chaotic world, but by the age of seven, she was being abused by her own brother and at 11 years old she fell pregnant with his child. For years she kept his dark secret in an attempt to hold her family together until the truth threatened to destroy her completely. 

In the years since the birth, Tressa has gone through more pain and turmoil than most adults experience in a lifetime - yet today she survives a brave, strong and compassionate young woman. Now, for the first time, Tressa Middleton tells her own harrowing yet poignant story - a story of hope, forgiveness and, above all, love.

©2015 Tressa Middleton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Heartbreaking and genuine

This was not an easy listening. I usually cant 'put down' a good book once I've started however this particular story made me pause several times to be able to catch my mind. Her reflections on her life are simple but strikes you right in the chest, I found myself emerged in my own imagination, seeing the places, knowing the people, feeling the pain. It came alive in a way that only those special stories do. The ones you will have a hard time letting go of.

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Wonderfully told story and narration

I remember this story originally but not the truth. Glad I know the true events and Tressa has told her story. May her life hold a happier journey now. Thankyou for telling your story. Had me gripped from start to finish.

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A true story of an abused love girl who just wanted love. overcame the impossible. the story drew me in and I listened to every last minute.

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Excellent narration, too many questions

The overall story of Tressa life so far, is very very sad but I felt it left me with way too many questions. There were a few contradictions and the timeline of events didn't make sense. despite these issues it is beyond comprehension how anyway can allow their own children to grow up in such a dangerous environment. I wanted to rescue all the children in this story and show what a living home and family is really like.
I hope that Tressa manages to stay clean and goes on the lead a happy and healthy life full of the live she deserves.

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unbelievable

unbelievable what was aloud to happen to her she was just a child and no one was there to help

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Heartbreaking and heartwarming both at the same time

Enjoyed reading this book and wanted it to go on. I really hope she writes another book about how she gets on in the rest of her life, as I heard she has had another daughter now. I was routing for her the whole time. I really hope she gets to see her first daughter again and that the book finds its way to her so she can read it and understand her mums difficult life.

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Harrowing account

This book was gripping from
Start to finish, poor Tressa still adored her family despite what she had gone through in her short life, what makes this book even more gripping I knew her parents they lived near where I grew up
Tressa stay clean and try to enjoy your life

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Couldn't put this book down

Very sad upbringing for a child , she really went through hell and back
great narration and a well put together read
Well worth the credit !

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Heartbreaking

Didn’t want to stop listening to this book. It’s deeply upsetting to hear about what happened to this poor girl and what happened throughout her life. But heartwarming to hear she is getting on and moving forward despite everything. I admire her courage and the fact after everything she has gone through she still carries on and has turned her life around. Enjoyed the whole book despite it being a hard listen, emotionally.

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good insight into a harrowing set of circumstance

well written, narration a bit annoying after about 15 chapters though as she makes Tressa sound very whiny. eye opening to just what goes on behind closed doors

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  • 22-12-18

truly amazing such a beautiful n strong Young wome

what an amazing n strong beautiful young woman a MUST READ!! her inner strength n character unbelievable

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  • Ea$yMoney
  • 18-05-20

Sad Story, Hopeful Ending!

I recommend this book if you are interested in true stories of overcoming abuse! How hard it must be for Tressa to learn to lead a normal, healthy life after such dysfunction.

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  • Valerie Delgado
  • 03-04-20

MUST READ!!

This book was beyond a good listen. The whole time listening I kept thinking things can't get worse for this child!! I wanted to hug her and tell her it's not your fault.

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  • Emily Harris-smith
  • 27-12-19

Great book

This was a great book! Brought tears to my eyes and inspired me. Tressa was so strong and brave from such a young age!

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 19-12-19

Heartbreaking and inspiring

Story is absolutely heartbreaking, but this young lady is inspiring as well. Her strength is undeniable!!