The Girl Behind the Painted Smile: My battle with the bottle Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01AHZ3GF8
- Publisher : Ant Press; 4th edition (January 11, 2016)
- Publication date : January 11, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 682 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 180 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1494973634
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her life has been spent with men who mentally and physically abused her and she found solice in a bottle of vodka. It numbed her insecurities and stopped her from feeling less than she was.
She loved her children and eventually found strength to throw off the booze and stand up for herself.
This is a remarkable survivors story that no reader should miss.
This book, however, made me stop and think and I simply could not review it without thinking long and hard. I do not know why I needed to sit back possibly so that I was not confusing the irritation I felt with her constant poor choices with the fact I thought it is a well written honest book.
The author has had shitty life which she has been honest enough to lay bare to the reader. The fact that a lot of her unhappiness comes from her own alcohol abuse is not avoided. Clearly her early life with an awful Mother created this inability to recognise that the partners she chose were not, to say the least, suitable for such an emotionally damaged person.
The chapters relating her life in television were very interesting and I was amused and entertained by her stories.
I am not going to rehash her whole life in this review nor judge her lifestyle, I am writing it aimed at potential readers so that they can make the decision of whether to buy it or not. I say buy it! One word of warning....I avoided my evening drink for two days afterwards!
I did find this book difficult to read. As other people have commented, it did seem like one long run on sentence. It would have been better if the story lines were wrapped up into chapters. The story lines were also a bit disjointed and at times difficult to follow. The relationship with her mother and her ex husband, for example, were difficult to keep up on the status.
Such an amazing memoir though. Really grateful that the author has chosen to share her story with the world.
Top reviews from other countries
…… An author
Catherine Lockwood pulls no punches. She doesn’t ask you to like her, she doesn’t beg your forgiveness, she doesn’t try and explain, and she offers no excuses.
You want her to come out fighting, but all her fight is at the bottom of a bottle of vodka. The irony of an alcoholic husband reproaching her for drinking when he can hardly stand up himself is not lost on the reader.
I don’t know why certain women seem to attract men who want to exploit them. Maybe it’s simply because they’re hurting and the wrong type of predator sees them as an easy target. Lockwood is – or was – an easy target. Yet she’s not promiscuous. She’s loyal and dutiful to the abusive husbands.
No, Catherine Lockwood is not promiscuous, but she is – or was - a drunk. A screaming, dancing on the tables, leave-your-children-all-alone, comatose, dead-to-the-world, juiced up alcoholic who hates Alcoholics Anonymous and the people who go there with a passion. Instead she lurches and teeters through life with a bottle of voddie in one hand and a virtual tattoo on her forehead that reads “Abusive men only.”
And she writes about all of this with such skill and such outspoken candour that the reader just cannot help being drawn in to this remarkable survivor’s story. She is blunt and to the point, spitting in the face of those who’ve violated her.
Do yourself a favour and download a copy of this book sharpish.
However, whilst I can understand the author's need to leave nothing out, I did find the book excessively long. Stumbling into the same mistakes over and over made for repetitive.reading and I eventually jumped several chapters - missing the crucial event which culminated in her finally kicking the habit for good (I hope!). I then had to back-track to find out what it was.
An interesting and enlightening, if somewhat lengthy book. However, potential readers should be aware that it does, by virtue of its subject, contain an excessive amount of 'foul' language. If you can't handle that, it's not for you.
she tempts the reader to be judgemental on so many occasions but her unique way of writing allows you to sit by her side, taking this journey together page by page and make you think about whether you honestly have the right to do so. Super book.