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/ Key title John Peel first brought Judy's moving childhood story to light on 'Home Truths'. Abducted by her psychotic spiritualist father and kept like a dog in the backyard, she went on to suffer at the brutal hands of nuns in a Manchester orphanage, before living wild on the streets. An incredible, heart-wrenching story of a child who refused to give up. / To be supported by an extensive Through-The-Line Marketing campaign including being a key title in the Closer Magazine Book Club promotion. / In the same genre as No. 1 bestselling 'Little Prisoner', this memoir is a harrowing but uplifting classic of its kind. / Judy won an Unsung Heroes Award in Autumn 04. Afterwards, Radio 2's Jeremy Vine wrote to her saying how moved he was by her story. / To date, Judy has opened 7 centres in the South African townships to help children in need. She has given talks to thousands across the UK to raise money for the cause. / Two-part first serial sold to The Mirror for the hardback edition. / Competition: A Child Called It (Dave Pelzer, Orion 2000), One Child (Torey Hayden, Element 2004), Little Prisoner (Jane Elliott, Element 2005)

About the Author

After a tormented childhood, much of which she lived as a feral child, Judy Westwater was determined to make her life meaningful. After setting up two drama schools in Surrey and later in Inverness, she went on to work with street kids for seven years in Mexico.

Over the past ten years, Judy has set up seven day centres for children in the violent townships of South Africa and lectured to many thousands across the UK to raise funds for her work, earning an Unsung Heroes Award in 2004. Her childhood story, was the subject of one of John Peel’s most moving interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths.

ITV’s This Morning followed Judy out to South Africa in 2008 to witness firsthand the incredible work she is doing out there, recording an extremely moving mini documentary on her that also features where she was homeless as a child. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tgh2SG4o_8.


‘If Judy’s story doesn’t become a book, DVD, video I’ll be amazed.’ John Peel

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