Street Kid

by Judy Westwater

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As you'd expect from a memoir, this a moving story of overcoming the odds.  Unexpectedly, it will make you laugh too.  Championed by John Peel, Judy Westwater is a remarkable woman and her story is an inspiration to all.

Street Kid Synopsis

After a childhood lived in terror, in 1994 Judy was presented with an Unsung Heroes Award for her charity work with street children in South Africa. Her moving story came to light after Judy was interviewed by John Peel on BBCâs ‘Home Truthsâ. Street Kid  is the inspirational and heartwrenching story of her early years.

At age two, in postwar Manchester, Judy was snatched from her mother and sisters by her psychotic father – a spiritualist preacher. He kept her in his backyard, leaving her to scavenge from bins to beat off starvation. At four, she was sent to an inhumanely strict catholic orphanage, before being put back in her fatherâs cruel care. For the next three years she was treated as a virtual slave.

After being taken by her father to South Africa, Judy ran away to join the circus where she found her first taste of freedom and friendship – before her father tracked her down. Weeks later Judy was alone again and living on the streets, too terrified to turn to her circus friends. For 9 months 12-year-old Judy made her home in a shed behind a bottle store before collapsing in a shop doorway from near-starvation.

Finally, aged 17, Judy managed to pay her way back to England to find her mother and sisters. But her return to Manchester cruelly shattered any dreams of a happy reunion.

Determined that her childhood experiences should in some way give meaning to her life, Judy has worked tirelessly to help children in need back in South Africa in the very place she had been treated to such abuse herself. She has opened 7 centres to date.

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ISBN: 9780007222018
Publication date: 16/10/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780007213757
Publication date: 02/05/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780007222018
Publication date: 16th October 2006
Author: Judy Westwater
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: general, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival,

About Judy Westwater

After a tormented childhood, much of which she lived as a feral child, Judy Westwater was determined to make her life meaningful. After setting up two drama schools in Surrey and later in Inverness, she went on to work with street kids for seven years in Mexico. For the past ten years her unstinting efforts to help children in the violent townships of South Africa has been inspirational to many, earning her an Unsung Heroes Award in 2004. Over the past ten years, Judy has set up seven day centres for children in South Africa and lectured to many thousands across ...

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