Kathleen O'Malley - Childhood Interrupted - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9780748132072
    • Publication date:08 Sep 2011

Childhood Interrupted

Growing up in an industrial school

By Kathleen O'Malley

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

A deeply moving memoir about the loss of childhood and its impact on adult life.

In 1950, Kathleen O'Malley and her two sisters were legally abducted from their mother and placed in an industrial school ran by the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns, who also ran the notorious Magdalene Homes. The rape of eight-year-old Kathleen by a neighbour had triggered their removal - the Irish authorities ruling that her mother must have been negligent. They were only allowed a strictly supervised visit once a year, until they were permitted to leave the harsh and cruel regime of the institution at the age of sixteen.
But Kate survived her traumatic childhood and escaped her past by leaving for England and then Australia when the British government offered a scheme to encourage settlement there. Fleeing her past again, Kate worked as a governess in Paris and then returned to England where she trained as a beautician at Elizabeth Arden. She married and had a son.
A turning point in Kate's life came when she applied to become a magistrate and realised that she had to confront her hidden personal history and make it public. This is her inspiring story.

Biographical Notes

Kathleen O'Malley is a magistrate in Middlesex. She is married and has a son.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781844081189
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 2006
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Virago
A truly shocking account. . . Disturbing and yet inspiring — Elle (Top 20 reads)
Moving — Times

Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts, one of the world's most successful freelancers, has been writing for over 30 years. He works as a travel writer, journalist, and as a ghostwriter has written four Sunday Times number one bestsellers, several international hits and a number of books appearing on the Richard and Judy Show.

Carlo Gebler

Carlo Gébler is the author of several novels and two works of non-fiction. He co-produced and directed the acclaimed BBC2 series PLAIN TALES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND and the recent A LITTLE LOCAL DIFFICULTY.

David Browne

David Browne is the former music critic for Entertainment Weekly, where he worked for over 15 years. A former reporter and columnist for the New York Daily News, he has also contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Spin and other publications.

David Thomson

David Thomson is London-born but has lived and worked in California for over twenty years. He writes and reviews films regularly for major press publications.

Finlay J. Macdonald

Finlay J. Macdonald, whose radio talks were a regular delight, enjoyed a long and successful career as a BBC talks producer, and then as a television director.

Ghillie Basan

Ghillie Basan is Scottish, brought up in Africa and now married to the Anglo Turkish photographer Jonathan Basan.

I. D. Roberts

I. D. Roberts was born in Australia in 1970 and moved to England when he was three. For the past decade he has been the film writer for a national listings magazine. His first novel, Kingdom Lock, an Historical adventure set during the Great War was published by Allison & Busby in May 2014.

Janina Bauman

Janina Bauman was born Janina Lewinson in Warsaw into an assimilated, educated, well-off Jewish family of doctors. Hitler's invasion of Poland in September 1939 put an end to an idyllic childhood and saw Janina, her sister, Zosia, and their mother incarcerated in the Warsaw ghetto, and later, after their escape, beyond its walls. Series: Other livesPrevious | Next | Index Janina Bauman obituary (6)Tweet this (8)Lydia Bauman guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 January 2010 18.21 GMT Article history Janina Bauman's writings about her early life were characteristically non-judgmental and free of bitterness.My mother, Janina Bauman, who has died aged 83, was a writer who has left an indelible mark on the literature of the Holocaust. In the words of one of her many friends, she was "a truly beautiful person, who made things golden". Janina's serene demeanour and dreamy, thoughtful disposition, belied the turbulence of her early life as witness to the horrors of the Warsaw ghetto and postwar antisemitic purges in socialist Poland.Her testament to the times, and to the enduring human spirit, came in the form of two autobiographical volumes, both published by Virago - Winter in the Morning (1986), based on diaries she kept as a young girl during the war, and A Dream of Belonging (1988) - which were republished last year in one volume as Beyond These Walls.She was born Janina Lewinson in Warsaw into an assimilated, educated, well-off Jewish family of doctors. Hitler's invasion of Poland in September 1939 put an end to an idyllic childhood and saw Janina, her sister, Zosia, and their mother incarcerated in the Warsaw ghetto, and later, after their escape, beyond its walls. Dreaming of 'belonging', after enforced wartime idleness, Janina threw herself with passionate idealism into the cause of Zionism, and later into the rebuilding of socialist Poland. In March 1948, while studying journalism at the Warsaw Academy of Social Sciences, she met and found her soulmate in a 'handsome army captain', intellectual and committed communist, Zygmunt Bauman, whose proposal of marriage she accepted nine days later. Together they raised a family and pursued their careers - Janina rapidly advancing in the Polish film industry, Zygmunt as a lecturer in sociology at Warsaw University. Disillusionment with communism following the denouncement of Stalin by Khrushchev in 1956, and the pressures of antisemitic persecution compelled the Baumans to leave Poland for Israel in 1968, three years later settling in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where Zygmunt took on the chair of sociology at the university. It was there that Janina turned to writing - her moving testimonies characteristically non-judgmental and free of bitterness. She died in January 2009, aged 83.

Jennifer Lauck

Jennifer Lauck has won two Society of Professional Journalists awards for her work in television news; she also founded a public-relations company that represents non-fiction authors. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son, where she is a full-time writer at work on the sequel to BLACKBIRD.

Jenny Diski

Jenny Diski is the author of eight novels and two memoirs: Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train. She lives in Cambridge.

Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland caught the punk rock virus when his mom took him to see the Ramones when he was 15. He has been writing for punk rock zines like Flipside since the early '90s and has written for every issue of Razorcake, America's only non-profit independent music fanzine. He is the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome and is the curator of the irreverent reading series Vermin on the Mount.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith was educated in Wales and at St John's College, Cambridge. KBO: The Churchill Secret, his seventh novel, is being adapted into a major ITV drama. An earlier novel, Summer in February, was made into a feature film, starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper.

Joseph Wheelan

Joseph Wheelan is the author of eight previous books, including the highly-acclaimed Terrible Swift Sword and Jefferson's War. Before turning to writing books full time, Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew is an American actress, noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange is the New Black. She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Keith Morris

Keith Morris is a cofounding member of Black Flag, the most recognizable name in West Coast punk, and the Circle Jerks, which cemented his reputation at the forefront of hardcore vocalists. He has recorded over fifteen albums, appeared on countless albums and compilations, and has a half-dozen film credits to his name. The intensity of the music produced by his latest bands OFF! and FLAG are equal to his best work from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, and add to a legendary career that is still being carved out one gig at a time.

Mark Dagostino

Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Timesbestselling coauthor whose career has been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an author, Mark served ten years on staff in New York and LA as a well-respected correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for Peoplemagazine. More information is available on his website markdagostino.com.

Matthew Manning

Matthew Manning is one of the world's best-known and most gifted healers and has a healing practice in Suffolk. Matthew lectures, gives workshops and demonstrates all over the UK and Europe.

Michael Bloch

Michael Bloch was born in 1953 and trained for the law. From 1979 he assisted Maître Suzanne Blum, the Parisian lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He is the author of several books on the Windsors as well as other acclaimed works of non-fiction.

Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 and published his first book,THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, in 1948. THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1969; Mailer received another Pulitzer in 1980 for THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG. He has written thirty books.

Richard Tomlinson

A historian and former playing member of MCC, Richard Tomlinson received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University before becoming an award-winning international journalist with the Independent, Fortuneand other publications in Europe, North America and Asia. In Amazing Grace: The Man who was W.G., Tomlinson combines his passion for cricket and historian's eye to connect Grace's astounding feats on the playing field with an imperial landscape populated by a Dickensian cast of characters who crossed his majestic path, from failed Australian gold rush speculators and an American Civil War hero to the syphilitic secretary of MCC.