The History of Leith

May 27, 2007

A secret shame is brought to book

IT’S a sign of how much of a chord author Maggie O’Farrell struck with the readers of her latest novel that she hasn’t been to an event promoting it without someone telling her their own personal story. “Every single time I have done a reading I’ve had at least one person come up and say to me this happened in my family,” says the writer, who celebrates her 35th birthday tomorrow.

“I had someone recently who remembers being taken to see a great aunt,” Maggie recalls. “She discovered later that her aunt had been raped by a priest when she was 14, but they had believed the priest instead of her. He said she was lying and deranged. Later the priest did it again. This time the family believed the girl. I don’t know what happened to him – prosecuted I suppose. But this woman’s aunt never got out.” for more click here

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