A dark and exceptional true story; about a woman's struggle to survive a bleak and abusive young life. The story begins when Nicky encounters the Moors Murderer; Myra Hindley; in Risley remand centre in 1965. The brief meeting of these two young women; who are in some ways similar; resonates through Nicky's story as an experience of the darkness into which a human life can descend and her own resolve; whatever she has faced; to make a different choice. Left as a newborn in a box outside Stoke City Football ground; her grandparents took her into their home. But instead of finding a sanctuary; Nicky was subjected to horrific sexual abuse through her childhood. In 1951; when Nicky was six years old; her glamorous-looking estranged mother arrived on the doorstep to `rescue' her and take her to London to live with her new family. But Nicky's hopes of a safe and loving life were very soon smashed; and her world became darker still... Nicky spent years as a homeless alcoholic; living on the street; in and out of prison before eventually finding a new way forward through her love of art. Now an internationally renowned London artist; hers is a compelling story; carried along by her rare spirit of survival against the odds. This book tells the details of an extraordinary woman's rise from the horror of a deeply damaging childhood to a new; creative and independent life. Her story is one of hope; for herself and for other abused children.
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