Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

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HarperCollins UK, Jan 19, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.


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User Review  - nicola26 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed reading this- if ''enjoyed'' is the right word to use given the themes handled in the book. I'll admit, I was annoyed by a lot of things which Cathy thought, which is more than likely ... Read full review

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User Review  - wearylibrarian - LibraryThing

I wish Cathy Glass had never written a book about fostering children. Not because of her writing ability-I enjoy her books immensely. I wish there was never a need for her to be a foster parent, that ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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