'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