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The Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott

The Little Prisoner

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We call these devastatingly traumatic childhood memoirs ‘agony booksâ in the trade. It all seemed to start with Dave Pelzerâs A Child Called It and suddenly the flood-gates were open. In fact this author (she is using a pseudonym) admits it was Daveâs book that gave her the courage to go to the police, which surely must be a good thing. Herâs is a tragic story of abuse, both physical and mental, by her stepfather who was eventually jailed for seventeen years. Itâs an awful tale, heartrending, dramatic and powerful.

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The Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott fell into the hands of her sadistic and brutal stepfather when she was 4 years old. Her story is both inspiring and horrifying. Kept a virtual prisoner in a fortress-like house and treated to daily and ritual abuse, Jane nonetheless managed to lose herself in a fantasy world which would keep her spirit alive.

Equally as horrifying as the physical abuse Jane suffered, were the mental games her tormentor played – getting his kicks from seeing Jane humiliated, confused, crushed and defeated at every turn.

Her family and neighbourhood were all terrified of Janeâs stepfather so no-one held out a rescuing hand. So Jane had to help herself. When she was 21 she ran away with her baby daughter and boyfriend to start a new life in hiding. Several years on she found the courage to go to the police. A court case followed where Jane bravely stood up against the unrepentant aggressor she so feared. He was jailed for 17 years. Janeâs family took his side.


'An inspirational page-turner.'

'The devastating and moving true life story of Jane's life. A powerful read.'

'A tragic tale, yet filled with hope.'

`This true story of an escape from a miserable childhood makes inspiring reading.

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About the Author

Jane Elliott is a pseudonym. She first decided to tell her story to the police after taking inspiration from Dave Pelzer's powerful memoir, A Child Called It. She become convinced she should not remain a silent victim but act against the evil stepfather who had kept her a virtual prisoner for so many years.

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5th September 2005


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Harpercollins Publishers


Paperback (b Format)
336 pages


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