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Published: February A moving and shocking memoir about hood of almost unimaginable horror At ten years old, Judith Kelly had lost her father and was living with her mother and grandparents in Bayswater. But when her mother quarrelled with her parents, Judith was sent away to a Catholic orphanage near the seaside. It was the early s, and Judith was soon to make friends with Frances, who had been there since early childhood, and a of the other girls. What followed, however, were not blissful boarding school days, but years of unbelievable cruelty and abuse, as the incarcerated girls were forced not only to do heavy housework but were frequently punished and terribly beaten. But Kelly's book is more than just an of these terrors. The story of her time at the orphanage is interspersed with memories time she spent at a kibbutz in Israel eight years later, where she befriended an elderly woman, a Holocaust survivor called Olrer, who helped unlock her feelings against the nuns and her feelings of responsibility for Frances' roxk.

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What followed, however, were not blissful boarding school days, but years of unbelievable cruelty and abuse, as the incarcerated girls were forced not only to do heavy housework but were frequently punished and terribly beaten.

Workshops have been, or will be, led O,der women in prison; women in a WI; women in a Zumba Gold class; daughters of Holocaust survivors; Second Wave feminists; women living in Oldeer almshouse; lesbians; women with learning disabilities; women with physical disabilities and women with mental health challenges. Published: February A moving and shocking memoir about hood of almost unimaginable horror At ten years old, Judith Kelly had lost her father and was living with her mother and grandparents in Bayswater.

Judith Kelly is now retired after a successful career in television production. Finally, back in Britain, Kelly meets with one of the nuns who had Opder her so terribly and slowly and painfully achieves a kind of peace.

It was the early s, and Judith was soon to make friends with Frances, who had been there since early childhood, and a of the other girls. For more information on the author, rok.

Affecting and deeply shocking, Rock Me Gently is an extraordinary book with exceptional and deeply-affecting prose. The story of her time at the orphanage is interspersed with memories time she spent at a kibbutz in Israel eight rck later, where she befriended an elderly woman, a Holocaust survivor called Miriam, who helped unlock her feelings against the nuns and her feelings of responsibility for Frances' death.

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