Rock Me Gently : A True Story of a Convent Childhood
In the 1950s, shortly after her father's death, Judith Kelly was left in the care of nuns at a Catholic orphanage while her mother searched for a place for them to live. She was eight years old. But far from being cared for, Judith found herself in a savage and terrifying institution where physical, emotional and sexual abuse were the daily norm and the children's lives were reduced to stark survival. As the months became years and no word came from her mother, she sought comfort from the girls around her, and especially the bright, angel-voiced Frances. When a tragic accident robbed Judith of her dearest friend, the memories were too traumatic to confront. It was not until years later, on a Kibbutz in Israel, that a friendship with an elderly Holocaust survivor gave Judith the strength to revisit her past - and the orphanage of her broken childhood.
- 129 x 198mm
- 06 Feb 2006
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Simple yet shocking Sad and disturbing, it's unexpectedly uplifting too - partly because Kelly manages to write with real humanity about such brutal treatment' Elle 'Kelly's story, while harrowing and fraught with sadness, is superbly told, and will stick with the reader long after the last page has been turned' Sunday Business Post 'A searing account of the emotional and physical cruelty meted out at the orphanage' Sunday Telegraph
About Judith Kelly
Judith Kelly was born in Southampton. After leaving a Catholic orphanage in the mid-1950's, she went onto study at the Chelsea School of Art. A television producer, she has worked for TV-am, Reuters and BSkyB. Now retired, Judith Kelly runs a support group for those who were abused by priests and nuns within the Catholic Church.