by Lucy Irvine | Biographies & Memoirs |
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Registered by Spartaca of Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on 6/24/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by Spartaca from Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Friday, June 24, 2022
This is the 1986 hardback edition. Lucy Irvine is the woman who wrote Castaway. This book is about her earlier life. She now runs an animal sanctuary in Bulgaria, you can look her up online. The sanctuary regularly needs volunteer helpers.

Journal Entry 2 by Spartaca at Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Friday, June 24, 2022
I should have mentioned, I found this book on the bookshelves in the book swap and reading space in Millgate Shopping Centre in Bury (Lancashire). It is a nice space with places to sit but seems a bit underused. It could perhaps use a little love and a few more books donated.

Journal Entry 3 by Spartaca at Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
This is an unusually well written story about how much emotional damage a parent (the author's father) caused by deserting the family. The author describes how his desertion, which was abrupt and callous, threw her mother into a years' long depression, caused her sister to become an alcoholic and so destabilised herself that she could not settle in any school and kept running away. What is unusual is that the story is an internal narrative, it describes what was going on in the author's mind in every year and every turn of events in her broken family and unstable life, with not a trace of self pity, just a description of what she thought was going on from her own perspective. It also describes the lasting psychological damage that was caused to her in addition when she was raped by a stranger on her trip through Europe. She was placed in a psychiatric hospital for a while when she returned to England but was never able to tell any of her family members what had happened to her. I can relate to this story because my own family was quite **ed up and it's a situation you can never really talk about.
What comes across is the author's extraordinary will to live and be her authentic self, no matter what happens to her.

Released 3 wks ago (5/20/2024 UTC) at The Fire Station Bakery in Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom


Released by another BC'er after the Manchester meeting on 18th May.

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