Mummy Knew

A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to escape.

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Publisher Description

Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things to him she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.

At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.

Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. A few months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.

Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away…


‘Truly remarkable … Lisa’s courage is an inspiration to us all.’ Shy Keenan and Sara Payne

'Her mother was no mother at all. In the face of the ultimate betrayal, Lisa somehow found the strength to rescue herself. Her plight inspired us to fight for a change in the law and her courage inspires victims everyday to speak out. She is and always will be a true Phoenix Hero.'
Shy Keenan & Sara Payne MBE

About the author

Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the south-west of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted.

3 September

Customer Reviews

Christoch02 ,


I read this book in one day, it was unbelievably griping, moving and emotional. I found myself so involved in the story, near tears, yearning for Lisa to escape. This book truly will stay with you.

Although I tried to visit her website after reading the book, only to find that the URL provided in the book's acknowledgements lead to an inappropriate website, get that fixed!

Bigjohnrussell ,

Mummy knew

I cried a thousand tears for baby lisa, young Lisa, teenage Lisa and i loved the Better end for adult Lisa. She had to fight tooth and nail her whole life. She is so brave and inspirational. Xxx

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