Catch Me Before I Fall by Rosie Childs

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Because she was black, Clare Malone was the talk of her Liverpool council estate. Her mother and her mother's husband were both white and from birth she was stigmatised for this proof of her mother's infidelity. Clare was left in a bare, filthy council house to fend for herself and her siblings until, aged nine, she was placed in the care of an order of strict and often cruel nuns.

She finally embarked on a settled life as a nanny and pre-school teacher, but she couldn't escape from herself and the black cloud of her childhood. After suffering a breakdown, Clare was placed in a series of dehumanising psychiatric hospitals for many years until she was helped to remember the horrifying secret of the childhood she thought she had buried forever. Now, with support, she has rebuilt her life as Rosie Childs and has moved on. She is truly happy at last.


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Rosie Childs was born in the Page Moss area of Liverpool in the 1950s and spent time in a children's home, with foster parents and in a series of psychiatric institutions after a breakdown. Today, she has come to terms with her childhood and is confident, positive and truly happy.
Published August 31, 2011 by Virgin Digital. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Childs’s startling and evocative autobiography begins thus: “I am fifty-two years old and have changed my name seven times so far.” What follows is the story of those name changes, and of the life changes that prompted them.

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Childs, born Clare Malone, was dropped into the world on the couch of her mother's dirty house in Liverpool in 1954.

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