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Length: 345 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From the first lines of Breath in the Dark, there is a powerful sense that this is special. The simplicity of Jane's style, the clarity of the child's voice and the intensity of emotion fired in those few words had me hooked from the start. From the first moment, we know that there is much that is outside our comprehension; that we are inside a child's mind. Jane expresses the beautiful mix of confusion, faith and fear that characterises her childhood effortlessly. The dark, misty night that hangs over the opening scene hangs over the whole story, like the glow that is just as likely to be the danger of a fire as the safety of a streetlamp. The opening image is apt - if not inspired - as Jane's story constantly oscillates between these peaks of hope and despair, yearning to be mothered by, but always playing mother to, a woman teetering on the brink of death. It is a portrait in trauma. Not only does it contain all the elements of a highly moving memoir, Jane's rendering of these is so original as to give the impression of never having read them before. With little knowledge of the problems that a difficult childhood creates, we can foresee the profound effect this will have on Hikey's later years. Slowly we realise the effects this existence has - and will come to have - on Hikey: not only through the occasional comparisons we can draw with her peers, as she comes into contact with the outside world, but also through the changing thoughts and feelings she relates. We don't notice the passage of time in the story, because Hikey herself has no concept of it. There is so much more I could say about Breath in the Dark, it's excellent narrative, incredible intensity and the unfakeable ring of truth it carries - but this could fill pages. Every part of it is an extremely powerful reading experience: it is heartbreaking and fascinating in equal amounts. -- HarperCollins HarperCollins This is a simply stunning book. It is moving, emotive and raises crucial issues regarding children and young adults who act in a caring role in the UK. This caring role may not only be for mental health issues of course, but also a range of physical health problems. The profound physical, psychological and social impacts that this role can have on young people is starkly presented in this autobiography...I found myself both moved and haunted by this book...A key text for clinicians, students and carers and parents themselves.' -- Madness and Literature Network

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  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Matador; 2 edition (January 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0YZ2GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My story was uploaded onto the HarperCollins online writing community 4 years ago, given an excellent review and taken under consideration for publication. I did not proceed because HarperCollins asked for the narrative to be made less honest and more commercial. The aim of my writing is to raise awareness. Breath in the Dark and Full Circle were subsequently reviewed by The Madness and Literature Network, University of Nottingham, included on the reading list for student mental health nurses and recommended as a key text for students, parents, carers and clinicians. Napac (The National association for people abused in childhood) and PsychCentral USA also reviewed and recommended Breath in the Dark and Full Circle as important reading.

"This book is a self written memoir of the early years of a young girl growing up in Manchester with an ill mother and uninterested father, shunned by the wider family and little help from the local community. She is left to fend for herself and her ill mother with little money and living in general poverty, the struggles she suffered and bullying at school further isolated her from any normality in life. The emotions she went through are clearly felt throughout the book. Fantastically written left me feeling emotional for the childhood she lost. I would recommend this book to professionals, survivors and anyone wanting to learn and understand the long/short term effects of mental illness, poverty emotional neglect and sexual abuse also the loyal love from child to parent." Napac review for Breath in the Dark by Jane Hersey. 28th November, 2012

I live very happily in Blackpool. I have many interests apart from writing. My son Paul is now in his early forties he is an associate medical professional and a listener for the Samaritans.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelley on February 4, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book and felt the suffering she was experiencing. I wish more was explained about why the mother was so ill and unable to care for her children. Also what was wrong with Jane herself. Maybe a second book will offer more insite. I feel as though the ending just left me hanging mid story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James F. Ivey on November 23, 2012
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The first time I read Jane's writing, the beginning of Breath in the Dark, I about passed out. It was so descriptive and so amazingly told from the mind of a six-year-old that I immediately knew it was the best I'd ever read on Authonomy and the best I was ever likely to read. Her words are imprinted on my mind like engravings in stone, and they inform one of the tragedy of little people caring for victims of self-neglect or of disease in the most memorable way imaginable. Thank you, Jane for tremendous inspiration; you are a heroine who should be heeded and who should never be forgotten. James Ivey
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Felt sorry for the girl and her brothers ...Very miserable life for these young children. I understood why she was overcome by depression and horrible anxiety and just plain mentally unstable ...but the story just focused so much on her trying to fill herself up as it was a comfort thing for her...but repetitive to the point that I could not wait until the book was over. Hope book II she finally can become comfortable in her own skin and finally lead more of a normal life which she can focus on a better future for herself and learn that she can live without all the fear and abnormal thoughts...and enjoy being a productive and happy person...and try to put the past behind her.
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By Lindsay Miles on June 23, 2014
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Boring and hard to follow this book had no purpose what a waste of time. Worst book I've ever read I think.
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By Debbie on June 18, 2014
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very good book. I would have given five stars but it ended abruptly and left it feeling unfinished. my heart broke for the girl and was wishing for a happy ending
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By Pamela on June 6, 2014
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If this is a true story, I greatly empathize with the author. With that being said, the repetitive style is mind numbing. I felt as if I were reading the same page over and over.
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I feel like this book takes you on such and incredible journey, that you are wanting that satisfaction of a climax in the story line- which never comes, sadly.
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By Carolyn D on March 23, 2014
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This was a very sad story, but written well. I could almost feel Jane's sadness and pain. My heart ached for this little girl.
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