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Rock Me Gently

Paperback|May 2005
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For many years I suffered the nightmares born of the time I spent at that convent. The memories that project across my mind are shared by the silent community of victims who once lived as I did, in a world...


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For many years I suffered the nightmares born of the time I spent at that convent. The memories that project across my mind are shared by the silent community of victims who once lived as I did, in a world that was deaf to our circumstances. And it all took place in middle England.


In the 1950s, shortly after her father's death, Judith Kelly was left in the care of nuns at a Catholic orphanage while her mother searched for a place for them to live. She was eight years old.


Far from being cared for, Judith found herself in a savage and terrifying institution where physical, emotional and sexual abuse was the daily norm and the children's lives were reduced to stark survival.


As the months became years and no word came from her mother, she sought comfort instead from the girls around her, and especially the bright, angel-voiced Frances, who seemed miraculously untouched by the nuns' persecution and the abject misery surrounding her. When a tragic accident robbed Judith of her dearest friend, the traumatic memories of the event were to trouble her deeply, long into her adult life.


Years later, at a kibbutz in Israel, Judith met and befriended an elderly Holocaust survivor. It was a friendship that began with an instinctive recognition of the fear and suffering each had experienced, and one that would begin an emotional journey culminating in Judith's return to the Nazareth House orphanage to confront her memories and to achieve some measure of peace.


Rock Me Gently is an astonishing, moving and deeply shocking memoir, and a story that resonates in the mind long after the final page.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 230209
  • Product Code 0747573522
  • EAN 9780747573524
  • Pages 288
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury
  • Publication Date May 2005
  • Dimensions 234 x 153 x 26mm
  • Weight 0.430kg

Judith Kelly

Judith Kelly was born in Southampton. After leaving a Catholic orphanage in the mid-1950s, where the events of <I Rock Me Gently</I took place, Judith Kelly was placed into the Licensed Victuallers' School. There she was encouraged by her English teacher to read widely and develop her talent for writing. After leaving school, Judith spent time on a Kibbutz in Israel. When she returned to England, she was accepted into Chelsea School of Art and thereafter worked for the Keeper of the British Collection at the Tate Gallery, London, until she began her career in television production at TV-am, Reuters and BSkyB. Now retired, Judith Kelly runs a support group for those who were abused by priests and nuns within the Catholic Church.

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