Tell Me Why, Mummy
A Little Boy's Struggle to Survive. A Mother's Shameful Secret. The Power to Forgive.
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|Format: ||Paperback, 336 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 04 February 2008|
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The inspirational true story of one man overcoming enormous odds - including sexual abuse from his alcoholic mother - to choose his own path in life and become a truly exceptional human being. From the age of four David Thomas was sexually abused by his alcoholic mother and subsequently physically abused by his aged stepfather. By the age of 16 he had committed multiple burglaries, assaulted a police officer with an iron bar, attempted suicide, received a criminal conviction from a juvenile court, and been expelled from school. He left home as soon as he could and joined the fire service at 20. At the age of 27 he bought a book on memory. Within 8 months he had come fourth in the World Memory Championships and went on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history, even breaking an 18-year-old Guinness Book of Records memory record by reciting the mathematical formula Pi (3.1459) to 22,500 digits from memory. In 1999 he was reunited with his mother after 4 years apart but tragically, a year later he found her dead at home after she had died of an alcohol induced heart attack. David's shocking and moving story is one of abuse, alcoholism, courage, determination, forgiveness, love and how everyone can choose their own path through life irrespective of their upbringing, background or perceptions about what they think is possible. David is an incredible example of how this can happen.
About the Author
David Thomas is an international speaker, author and media personality. He is a World Memory Championships medallist, having developed one of the most powerful memories in history. He is an International Grandmaster of Memory -- one of fewer than 40 in the world -- and a current world Memory record holder, having memorised and recited 100 individually shuffled packs of playing cards getting just 12 wrong out of 5200. He also broke an 18-year-old Guiness Book of Records memory record by reciting the mathematical formula Pi (3.1459) to 22,500 digits from memory. His amazing memory skills led to an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which went out to 20 million Americans and 112 countries.
/ Key title The inspirational true story of one man overcoming enormous odds -- including sexual abuse from his alcoholic mother -- to choose his own path in life and become a truly exceptional human being. / This unique story of personal triumph over childhood tragedy comes from the leading publisher of this genre with several top ten publications to date including no. 1 bestsellers from Toni Maguire and Torey Hayden. / Tell Me Why, Mummy in hardback was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller and sold over 7,000 copies in the first month of publication. / David is an excellent spokesperson and the book's unusually shocking subject of sexual abuse by a mother, and focus on how everyone can choose their own path through life irrespective of upbringing, will generate publicity. Author interviews and reviews are expected on publication of the paperback. / David is known to the media and has been interviewed on GMTV, This Morning, Richard & Judy, The Oprah Winfrey Show and in various newspapers. / David is an international speaker who has spoken to audiences of up to 2,000 people. He will actively promote the book on his website, at his shows, and through email database of email subscribers. / Competition: The Little Prisoner (TCM 333,000) Ugly HB (TCM 105,000) Torey Hayden , One Child (TCM 324,000)
'David Thomas has one of the most powerful and intriguing minds in the country.' The Daily Mail 'This book is one of the most harrowing I've ever read, but because of the way David turns his life around it is also inspirational.' The Sun
|Publisher: ||Harper Element|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 13.0 x 2.0 centimetres (0.21 kg)|