Alice in Worcestershire: Brummie girls do cry by Eskay Teel
Alice in Worcestershire is a memoir about a young girl from the UK who’s a troubled teen or “beyond parental control” as her mother and the authorities categorize her. It’s the 1970s, and around the age of twelve she’s taken from home and sent to a home for troubled teens–not against her will either. Even with six other siblings, she couldn’t wait to get away from her mother because of the extreme hate they have for one another. After being sent away she spends time on the streets among dangerous situations and gets herself into a predicament no thirteen-year-old should ever have to experience.
We started to walk down the steps as two of the men began approaching us and talking about another party. We were both answering, trying to sound cool and light-hearted, saying that no, we were going home. We carried on moving, but by the time we got to the bottom of the steps without running and acting like fools — they each had a hand on our elbows guiding us away across the road.
This book reminded me multiple times of Cyndy Etler’s book The Dead Inside which I read a few years ago. Both books were hard to read at times and similar with some of the struggles these young girls had to withstand. People don’t understand them and the parents just don’t seem to have a care in the world. These poor girls long for loving parents they’re never going to get. The question is: What causes some parents to stop loving their kids or was there ever a time they loved them at all?
This book is a poignant reminder of the disasterous effects that can occur from a lack of nurturing in childhood. Sadly, the children always seem to be the ones who are blamed. Luckily, both of these authors were able to pull through and now have books to share their stories with the world. I had a lot of questions once this story was over, so it was much appreciated that the author shared where she is now and how she feels about everything as an adult.
This wasn’t an enjoyable read, yet I couldn’t seem to put it down no matter how hard it got. It’s raw, honest, shocking, and emotional. Tears ensued with the final pages. A few pictures are included toward the end, which was a nice addition. I also found it clever how the author paired each chapter with a quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With that said, there are parts in this book that may be too much for sensitive readers including violence and rape.
I won this in a giveaway and would like to thank the author for sending and sharing this book with me.
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (February 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1520654901
- ISBN-13: 978-1520654904
This true story is packed with brutal honesty and ‘Brummie-funny’ humour at the blackest of times.
In the first chapter, the author courageously writes about a ‘predictable’ double rape at the age of thirteen… and then continues her extraordinary account as a delinquent teenager in the 1970’s.
In a rare and refreshing style, she shares the blunt truth about a violent hate-filled relationship with her mother; the foolishly adventurous and disturbing tales of absconding from children’s homes, and a police criminal record any adult would be ashamed of.
You’ll find an openness that’s sometimes scandalous and straight from the hip… but always straight from the heart as well.
Every mother (except the authors), every daughter, teacher and social worker should read this book.
Thanks for reading my review!