Haunting Poems is a story that begins in 1930's British India and culminates in England, over forty years later. It is a revelation through the prism of child abuse. A chilling and disturbing journey into the realm of child sexual abuse where the perpetrators are male and female. This book is prose and horror poetry exploring the journey of life, sanctity and spirituality, good and evil, forgiveness, education, misogyny in the Indian culture, child abuse, child sexual abuse and mental health. The poems and prose have been described as 'powerful and insightful'
100 % of royalties donated to NAPAC - The National Association for People Abused In Childhood.
Actor and Author Hugh Fraser's review of Haunting Poems:
Haunting Indeed, 9th May 2018.
Larissa Matharu's heartfelt evocations of her attempts to understand, assimilate and come to terms with the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, together with her accounts in prose of the cold and distant treatment she received from her family, make for a most moving and salutary read. When this last is balanced by her account of what happened to her father both as a child and an adult, the book becomes even more powerfully disturbing. This is truly enthralling collection of poems and prose.
Christine H wrote (via email) of reading Haunting Poems "The book is one that I will never forget reading, which shifts the ground and opens the mind and energises the being. It is brave and cathartic and beautifully produced, making it very accessible."
The book has illustrations by kind permission of Phil Lockwood. Paintings by kind permission of Liz Balkwill PS AFAS IEA, Anthony Asbury and Professor John Bastin MA PhD FRAS.The book cover painting is 'Enigma' by Phil Lockwood. The back cover painting is 'Larissa and Theology' by Professor John Bastin MA PhD FRAS. Artists Model: Larissa Matharu BA Hons QCG mCDI
Powerful and engaging book with wonderful, thought provoking art. Royalties donated to a charity too.