The powerful, refreshingly honest, first-hand account of a childhood spent in the Care system.
At the age of nine, Hope Daniels walked into Stoke Newington Police Station with her little brothers and asked to be taken into care. Home life was intolerable: both of Hope’s parents were alcoholics and her mum was a prostitute. The year was 1983. As London emerged into a new era of wealth and opportunity, the Daniels children lived in desperate poverty, neglected and barely nourished.
Hounded by vigilante neighbours and vulnerable to the drunken behaviour of her parents’ friends, Hope had to draw on her inner strength. Hackney Child is Hope's gripping story of physical and emotional survival – and the lifeline given to her by the support of professionals working in the care system. Despite all the challenges she faced, Hope never lost compassion for her parents. Her experiences make essential reading and show that, with the right help, the least fortunate children have the potential not only to recover but to thrive.
‘It’s raw and absorbing’Grazia
‘This story needed to be told’ Cassie Harte, Sunday Times Number One bestselling author
What a book!! Working in the childcare sector I can relate to this book but it has opened my eyes to a whole different perspective and will change the way I work.
Amazing story of how she has survived poverty and poor upbringing whilst trying to look after her siblings. Looking forward to reading the next book when released.
This book tells the journey of a little girl. It is truly awesome and must be so inspiring to many people who have been through a traumatic upbringing.
The author is to be admired beyond measure for overcoming such a hard time.