By Paul Connolly

ISBN-10: 1843582031

ISBN-13: 9781843582038

ISBN-10: 1844549054

ISBN-13: 9781844549054

Whilst cops arrived suddenly at Paul Connelly's door, he discovered the stunning information that, out of the ten little ones with whom he had shared a dormitory in care, in simple terms have been nonetheless alive. The revelation unearthed painful thoughts of a adolescence that, until eventually this element, Paul had attempted desperately to place in the back of him. deserted there at weeks outdated, Paul got here of age within the notorious St. Leonard's kid's domestic in East London. the kids there have been usually abused, frequently over the process decades. All have been underfed, unloved, and informed that they would volume to not anything. indignant and annoyed, Paul channeled his rage into boxing—but while an twist of fate shattered his ambition to show specialist, he came upon his real calling and have become a winning coach, even operating as a expert on Elle Macpherson's The physique video. Paul has ultimately chanced on peace and success past whatever he can have imagined all these years in the past. He now is helping to heal damaged our bodies, construct self assurance, and remodel lives—but he'll always remember his earlier and the pointless sufferers of a damaged society.

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His belly wobbled with the effort. ‘Don’t mess with me, Connolly,’ he said rather weakly. ’ But I could see the fear in his eyes and it gave me courage. Prescott slammed the day-room door behind him and held it closed with all his strength as I pressed against it, trying to get at him with the knife. I slammed my knife into the wooden door, over and over again. Prescott continued to lean all of his considerable weight against the door. ’ he shouted. The children who had been watching television ran over to help him hold the door closed.

I was walking past the girls’ dorm one night when I heard a lot of noise – thumps and screams. I stuck my head around the door. ’ I asked.

I asked the police officer. ‘I haven’t been to St Leonard’s for donkey’s years. ’ She paused. The two women looked at me solicitously. I sat down. I was only thirty-five. Surely that wasn’t right. How could all those boys with whom I had grown up be dead? It didn’t make sense. I waited for her explanation. It turned out that six of us had died, several by slow suicide in the form of heroin abuse, and at least two by faster means. ‘There have been complaints made of serious abuse, including sexual abuse, during the period when you were at St Leonard’s.

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