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Worthless : The inspirational story of one woman's triumph over tragedy

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The former mining town of Stanley lies only twenty minutes drive from the beautiful cathedral city of Durham. Yet the two are worlds apart. Marilyn Hardy recounts in touching detail the trials of growing up in this impoverished mining town and her life-long struggle to find happiness, from her troubled relationship with her undemonstrative mother, an early suicide attempt and the death of her much-loved father to her violent relationship with her second husband and her long-term struggles with serious health problems. Her journey from troubled childhood and early adulthood to her current happy marriage and eleven grandchildren is shared with candour and grace in this heartfelt memoir, and gives a fascinating insight into a time gone by.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 112 x 180 x 19mm | 139g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 075351396X
  • 9780753513965
  • 1,352,424

About Marilyn Hardy

Marilyn Hardy was born and brought up in the mining town of Stanley in County Durham. She lives in Leicester with her third husband, Richard. This is her first book.show more

Review quote

"A frank and moving autobiography" * Northern Echo * "She writes with grace and candour, and with such closely observed descriptions of times past that the reader feels transported to another era." * Easier Lifestyle *show more

Back cover copy

'Never again will anyone be able to put me back into that cowed, frightened person... Never again will I feel worthless' The former mining town of Stanley lies only twenty minutes drive from the beautiful cathedral city of Durham. Yet the two are worlds apart. Growing up in this impoverished community, Marilyn Hardy's childhood was plagued by her emotionally abusive mother. When she was just thirteen years old, she tried to kill herself. Then, after her early first marriage fell apart, she endured horrific violence at the hands of her alcoholic second husband. It took all her courage to escape and rebuild her life, even as she struggled with serious health problems. Marilyn recounts in heartbreaking detail the trials of her journey from troubled childhood to true happiness. Her compelling memoir is a poignant evocation of life in a bygone era and an inspirational story of the strength and hope that can come with true love. Marilyn Hardy now lives in Leicester with her third husband, Richard, and has three children and eleven grandchildren. This is her first book.show more

Review Text

"She writes with grace and candour, and with such closely observed descriptions of times past that the reader feels transported to another era."show more

Rating details

17 ratings
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2 18% (3)
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