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    Stephen Smith is the boy who did not exist. Born out of wedlock in the early 1960s, Steve's parents - both devout Catholics - had felt so 'shamed' by their son's illegitimate birth that they hid him away from the world by locking him in the cellar...for 13 years. Apart from a few admissions to hospital as a result of his 'imprisonment', Steve remained in the coal cellar of the family home where he was deprived of daylight, his childhood, school and human contact until he'd reached his teenage years. 

    Starved and beaten, the little boy's world was a darkened room that measured just 8 feet by 10 with a single makeshift bed, a bare light bulb and a solitary table. Steve would spend his days conjuring up an imaginary world full of monsters he would draw to try to block out the physical and mental torture inflicted on him by his brutal father. Locked away like an animal with a bucket to urinate and defecate in, the only human contact he received was from his father, who'd regularly beat him with a shovel and whip him with a belt.

    Eventually, he escaped only to fall prey to the instigators of two of the worst cases of institutional abuse in the UK at Aston Hall hospital and St. William's Catholic School.

    A horrifying true story of torture and cruelty that reveals a human's full capacity to fight for survival and search out happiness and hope.

    ©2019 Stephen Smith (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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    Not as horrible as it seems

    At first, when I downloaded this book, I thought it would be horrible and really really upsetting. but actually, it is very fascinating to see how the little boy copes with the situation and remains a child anyway. I really love this book and and went through it in 3 days. however, there is absolutely nothing about the reason why he got all this abused. the description says that he was illegitimate. but there is nothing about this in the book. this is really an interesting book. I will probably listen to it again

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    • Laura
    • 31/12/2019

    WOW!!

    Great book with a horrible and sad story. The narrator is great and easy to follow. This is the type of book you get hooked on and can't put it down (or stop listening to). Definitely a must read!

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    • Melynda Johns
    • 05/03/2020

    Stephen Smith

    Although this is a horrific story and a horrible way for a young boy to spend his entire childhood in a sense. I must say I am so happy that he met Dave whom was able to turn his life into something happy and normal..In a lot of cases like this the unfortunate opposite happens where they become an abuser or they die miserable hooked on drugs or alcohol.
    I admire his strength through it all, whether it was his art, later music he always found something positive in the negitive. I couldn't be more relieved and happy at the way it ended for all involved.

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    • Ruth Malan
    • 11/04/2020

    At first I thought this was horror fiction

    I really found the story hard to accept. It made no sense to me that anyone could be this heartless. And the story later becomes even more bizarre. Finally I just listened and hoped the disbelief would subside. I gave the book 5 stars because I finally realised this story needs to be heard. Stephen my heart was wrenched from me several times and my anger against the system and injustice of it felt like a flame. The catholics and catholic schools destroyed so many childten. And the devil keeps looking out for his own. Cardinal Pell has just been released. These perverts will be punished severely, don't doubt that. God loves you. Religion and religious institutions are manmade horrors. Always remember those so called religious trash were not Christians.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 16/03/2020

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    To this day I am amazed by how children grow up to live productive lives despite have endured years of child abuse. The story of Stephen Smith will help anyone who experienced child abuse to recover.

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    • Tina Marie Withrow
    • 24/02/2020

    Something happened and the book just fizzled out

    Something was seriously lacking in this book. I kept waiting for even one event to be explained from start to finish. Once he left care the story became highlights of his life in chunks. This book wasn't for me.

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    • jocelyn ackerman
    • 08/01/2020

    great book, horrible story

    This book was hard to listen to, especially at first as the details are incompressibly deranged. With that said, it is written very well. It is a very good book but be ready to hear about humanity at it's worst.

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    • Ashley
    • 05/07/2020

    Excellent abuse survival memoir

    This is an excellent abuse survival memoir. Very gripping I could not put this one down.

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    • Elizabeth D.
    • 11/06/2020

    terrible story you should hear

    it’s sad, he’s strong, unbelievable true story. disgusting people live in this world that prey on children.

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    • Susan Bearden
    • 18/04/2020

    Heart wrenching but so inspirational

    What an amazing writer and narrator! The book had me on the edge of my seat with tears the entire time! It truly makes you wonder how there can be so many evil people in this world. It is so wonderful that he had the courage to write it! That is awesome. Strongly encourage others to read this survivor’s story.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 22/04/2021

    A must listen

    this story was so hard to listen to but I was in tears of how happy I was for Steven and how his life turned out. a must listen for sure!!

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