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Published by John Blake on July 1st 2017
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"For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented . . . difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand."
Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way. Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage. In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.
Hi guys👋, today I am sharing my review of the fabulous novel unbroken by Madeline black.
wow, I’m actually speechless, my hat is well and truly fucking off and I honestly commend Madeline for still being here fighting sharing her experience with the world. that takes some fucking guts. you are inspirational and you should be so proud of yourself.
this memoir tells the horrific story of gang rape, rape and abuse that Madeline went through as a teenager. it is hard to read but worth it.
I went through every single emotion and reaction while swearing profoundly under my breath.
I am really struggling how to write and describe this book, this is not fictional. this is a memoir of true life events that Madeline went through. you have to read this whole book to really fully understand.
although shocking, this story is about surviving, hope, healing.
” Will I ever get past this or will it always haunt me? I also realised that if it was still effecting me, it was still holding back a large part of me, too. I wasn’t being real. I felt like a fake, wearing a fake smile most of the time, and pretending every was OK.More of my Thoughts..u need to read this book it’s absolutely amazing, I love true life books and getting into the head of those overcoming disastrous and heartbreaking, shattering into tiny pieces like glass circumstances of abuse and rape.”
More of my Thoughts..
You need to read this book it’s absolutely amazing, I love true life books and getting into the head of those overcoming disastrous and heartbreaking, shattering into tiny pieces like glass circumstances of abuse and rape.
Madeline sent me a signed paperback to review below:
About Madeline Black
After many years of keeping quiet, Madeleine Black decided in September 2014, to share her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website and she completely underestimated what the response would be.
Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading her story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives. The founder of The Forgiveness Project, Marina, often refers to the various people on her website as “story healers” rather than “storytellers” and now she completely understood why.
In March 2015, Jessica Kingsley Publishers released a book called The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, by Marina Cantacuzino. It’s a collection of 40 stories from the TFP website, including hers and has forewords by Desmond Tutu and Alexander McCall Smith.
The sharing of her story also opened many doors for her in ways she never imagined and after that the invitations started to pour in.
She has taken part in a film interview for a documentary about rape and the anonymity laws, which will be shown on Dispatches, Channel 4 and has been interviewed for STV News.
In December 2015 she gave her first public talk at a Festival of Light at the University of Keele. The theme was “Making Peace with the Enemy”. From that night she was asked to give three more talks on the same theme and has spoken at many other events too.
She has been interviewed by Dan Walker on BBC Radio 5 Live and talked about Forgiveness and Health, which led to interviews with Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland sharing her story and most recently with Sir Trevor McDonald on BBC Radio 4 talking about Redemption.
Her voice has been weaved into a performance called Foreign Body Play by Imogen Butler-Cole and has taken part in questions and answers after the show which will be taken to Edinburgh Festival next year.
She has been invited to share her stories with younger audiences too and recently spoke with 150 5th year pupils at a High school in Cork and hopes to do more of this work.
She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years, but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet. Sexual violence is so deeply entrenched in our culture and she hopes that by simply speaking out and writing about it, she can help to combat it by reducing the stigma while promoting a cultural change.
She has certainly felt the power and healing effects in sharing her story and hopes that her book will help other victims of sexual violence, crime, PTSD, and anyone who has struggled with forgiveness. She wants to spread her message: It’s not what happens to us that is important, but what we do with what happens to us and if we choose to, we can get past anything that happens to us in life.
She is married, work as a psychotherapist, and lives in Glasgow with her husband, three daughters, her cat, Suki, and dog, Alfie.