Hackney Child

Hackney Child A True Tale of Surviving Poverty and the Care System

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Publisher's Synopsis

The powerful, refreshingly honest, first-hand account of a childhood spent in the Care system.

At the age of nine, Hope Daniels walked into Stoke Newington Police Station with her little brothers and asked to be taken into care. Home life was intolerable: both of Hope's parents were alcoholics and her mum was a prostitute. The year was 1983. As London emerged into a new era of wealth and opportunity, the Daniels children lived in desperate poverty, neglected and barely nourished.

Hounded by vigilante neighbours and vulnerable to the drunken behaviour of her parents' friends, Hope had to draw on her inner strength. Hackney Child is Hope's gripping story of physical and emotional survival - and the lifeline given to her by the support of professionals working in the care system. Despite all the challenges she faced, Hope never lost compassion for her parents. Her experiences make essential reading and show that, with the right help, the least fortunate children have the potential not only to recover but to thrive.

'It's raw and absorbing'Grazia

'This story needed to be told' Cassie Harte, Sunday Times Number One bestselling author

Book information

ISBN: 9781471129834
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Imprint: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.732092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 261
Weight: 198g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 19mm