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/ Key title The devastating account of three sisters, torn apart and forced to suffer abuse and exploitation at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. They reveal three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage. / Inspirational memoirs have a wide readership and frequently top the best-sellers list. This book combines the 'misery memoir' phenomenon with the fear and anticipation of a thriller. / Written from the unique view-point of three sisters who reveal the individual events that had a dramatic effect of each of their own lives. / Extensive publicity guaranteed, and will attract wide-scale media attention on publication. The authors will be available for interviews and are highly promotable (having been past guests on Richard & Judy). / Strong serialisation with a national newspaper guaranteed. / Marketing activity will target fans of this genre and 'real-life stories'. Activity will include key title in the Closer Magazine Book Club advertorial, placement in key women's weeklies and lifestyle magazines, plus third party activity with relevant organisations. / Competition: Little Prisoner by Jane Elliot (978-0-00-720893-7 pb); Don't Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire (978-0-00-722374-9 hb); One Child by Torey Hayden (978-0-00-719905-1 pb)
Kristina, Celeste and Juliana were all born into the cult The Children of God to the same father, David Jones, who remains a member of the organisation. Kristina and Celeste share the same mother. The three girls were separated from each other and their mothers at an early age and lived in various missions throughout the world under the 'care' of various foster parents. Both Kristina and Celeste were eventually able to escape the cult and study psychology at university. Celeste remained in the cult until well into her twenties, when falling pregnant provided the catalyst to make her escape. Juliana is now studying psychology and philosophy and is still in contact with her remaining siblings in the cult.