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I was brought up by a mother who suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder which led to a traumatic childhood of mental abuse.
I then married a charismatic Walter Mitty character who took me to live in several African countries with one job after another.
I was in my mid forties before I broke away and learned to stand on my own two feet, but for the first sixty years, the shadow of my mother hung over me until after her death I discovered that she could never have helped her behaviour even if she realized she was ill.
It takes a lot for me to read a book all the way through without skipping past the less interesting bits. Walking over Eggshells is one such book. There are no less interesting bits. Tight, well written, and searingly honest it is in fact possibly the most interesting book I've read this year.
I really didn't want to put this Memoir down - love the way it's written - wow what a roller-coaster of different emotions - I found myself being cross/angry - sad - I even yelled at the Author's mum quite a few times - but it also made me smile too - there's definitely a sense of humour. I knew very little of the illness/condition that is a big part of this Memoir and so I found it interesting & informative - The Author takes us on her journey (whilst dealing with never feeling good enough and struggling to show how much she loves her mum) to leaving the UK to live in Lybia and Africa.
An Inside look into a life of a real person willing to share the horrific details of growing up trying to please an obtain love from someone unable to love themselves. Heartfelt pain and anguish is felt from the writer who as many have felt the slap of reality of emotional abuse.Written of a time when children were to be seen and not heard era, the all to telling truth of how many lived but were overlooked. Very good read.
Lucinda E Clarke [not her real name] was born in Dublin, but has lived in 8 other countries to date. She wanted to write but was railroaded into teaching. She had a habit of "falling" into other careers, announcing on radio, then scriptwriting for radio and television. She has been a professional writer since 1986 winning over 20 awards for her work, including mayoral speeches, company profiles, drama documentaries, educational programmes for radio and television, adverts, news inserts, court videos, National Geographic, cookery programmes, to name but a few!
She lectured in scriptwriting, had her own column in various publications, and written for national magazines. She was commissioned for two educational books by Heinemann and Macmillan, and book reports for UNESCO and UNICEF.
She graduated into running her own video production company in South Africa.
"Walking Over Eggshells" is her first self-published book, an autobiography which describes her adventurous life, trying to escape the emotional abuse she suffered from early childhood.
She published her second book a novel, "Amie an African Adventure" in July 2014, already a #1 bestseller in genre on Amazon.co.uk.
Lucinda's third book 'Truth, Lies and Propaganda', was published on Amazon on November 30th 2014. It is the first in a series of two books and 'More Truth, Lies and Propaganda' is due out in 2015. They follow the author's journey from the classroom to radio announcing, on to television and finally to setting up her own video production company. The books are packed with anecdotes of the often hilarious things that happened while out shooting a wide variety of subjects, taking the reader behind the scenes in the media and highlighting South Africa and its people.
The second book in the Amie series Amie and the Child of Africa was released in October 2015.
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