Review: Strong At The Heart by Carolyn Lehman

Caroline Lehman’s book Strong At The Heart from 2005 features interviews with 11 survivors, 4 male and the rest female. She very wisely sets the tape recorder going, lets the interviewees tell their stories and takes their pictures, otherwise her intro at the beginning is her only other contribution aside from a few listings for…

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Review: The Church That Forgot Christ By Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin’s book, “The Church That Forgot Christ“, is the account of the author’s growing discovery of and his own personal and the national reaction to, the Catholic Church child abuse scandals in the US. I had to buy the book from an Amazon seller in Ireland since it was essentially only an import to…

Review: Bruckheimer TV Double on Male Survivors

British Satellite Station Sky Television recently re-ran this old episode of Cold Case from its very first season. Cold Case comes across as all gloss and zero substance. Considering this is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, that’s perhaps an easy and unfair charge, but it’s not helped by episodes as lazily written as this one. It…

Review: The Nipper by Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell starts off his physical/mental abuse survival memoir with a bite-sized education for people outside Scotland of the world of Dundee, almost 30 years back. Much of the speech is phonetically written so you may find it easier to imagine a Scottish overall narrator to the book (or Mel Gibson doing his Braveheart accent)….