Catch Me Before I Fall
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Catch Me Before I Fall

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Because she was black, Clare Malone was the talk of her Liverpool council estate. Her mother and her mother's husband were both white and from birth she was stigmatised for this proof of her mother's infidelity. Clare was left in a bare, filthy council house to fend for herself and her siblings until, aged nine, she was placed in the care of an order of strict and often cruel nuns. She finally embarked on a settled life as a nanny and pre-school teacher, but she couldn't escape from herself and the black cloud of her childhood. After suffering a breakdown, Clare was placed in a series of dehumanising psychiatric hospitals for many years until she was helped to remember the horrifying secret of the childhood she thought she had buried forever. Now, with support, she has rebuilt her life as Rosie Childs and has moved on. She is truly happy at last.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • None
  • 0753512203
  • 9780753512203
  • 552,894

About Rosie Childs

Rosie Childs was born in the Page Moss area of Liverpool in the 1950s and spent time in a children's home, with foster parents and in a series of psychiatric institutions after a breakdown. Today, she has come to terms with her childhood and is confident, positive and truly happy.show more

Review quote

"'A harrowing read' Glamour 'Will shock you to the core, Heartbreaking and inspiring' B Magazine 'That some children survive childhood is a miracle; Rosie Childs's autobiography is testament to that' Mail on Sunday"show more

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"That some children survive childhood is a miracle; Rosie Childs's autobiography is testament to that"show more

Back cover copy

'That some children survive childhood is a miracle; Rosie Childs's autobiography is testament to that.' Mail on Sunday Rosie Childs was born Clare Malone, a black child in an all-white family, living in an all-white area of Liverpool in the 1950s. She was immediately different, and living proof of her mother's infidelity. Neglected, ignored and beaten by her alcoholic stepfather, Clare struggled to live a normal childhood. When she and her brothers and sisters were finally taken into foster care, she was treated as a trouble maker and shunned for the colour of her skin. As she grew up, Clare tried to leave her past behind her. But a breakdown followed by spells in a series of dehumanising psychiatric institutions left her plumbing the depths of despair. Finally, with support, Clare was able to unlock the deeply buried and shocking childhood secrets which would allow her to begin living again. Over the course of her life, Clare often reinvented herself, each time changing her name for a new beginning. Now, as Rosie Childs, she is a confident and positive survivor who has defied the odds to create her own destiny. Catch Me Before I Fall is the heartbreaking, courageous and inspirational story of one woman's determination to survive.show more

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125 ratings
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4 25% (31)
3 26% (32)
2 11% (14)
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