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The moving story of triumph over the life-long effects of shocking sexual and physical abuse at an English Catholic 'Approved' School. David Armstrong poignantly and calmly describes his horrific beatings and sexual abuse, as a 13 year-old boy, by Irish-born, Catholic 'Christian Brothers', for a year at Dartford in Kent and the decade of resulting violent trauma in prisons, Borstals and ultimately Broadmoor. From an often violent Broadmoor, there is a unique portrait of the consistent help given to the author and many other distressed inmates by disc jockey Jimmy Savile, which led directly to David Armstrong's release. This is followed by David's determined self-education and rehabilitation and his recent realisation of the vital importance for his own sanity of practising true and genuine forgiveness.
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Born into a Catholic family on a council estate in Norwich, David Armstrong, from an early age, loved the nearby idyllic Norfolk countryside and farm work. While peacefully helping a farmer shoot vermin, he was arrested, aged 13, and Norwich Juvenile Court harshly sent him to St Vincent's, a Catholic Approved School at Dartford in Kent where all his undeserved troubles so brutally began.Review:
'An appalling indictment of our so-called civilised society - and a story courageously and sensitively told from beginning to end in a manner rarely seen before' Paul Dickson, co-author Miracle in Kigali. 'Horrific but fascinating... and the author deserves the greatest credit for the calm and dignified way in which he puts over his story' Sonja Haggett, author After Harvest.
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