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Not a Proper Child By Nicky Nicholls

Not a Proper Child by Nicky Nicholls

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A dark and exceptional true story shadowed by Nicky's encounter with Moors Murderer Myra Hindley in Risley remand centre in 1965. This brief meeting resonates through a life ravaged by homelessness, systematic abuse and alcoholism, but leads to hope and worldwide recognition through art.

Not a Proper Child Summary

Not a Proper Child by Nicky Nicholls

As featured on Sky News and BBC Radio London.

A dark true story about the exceptional Nicky Nicholls and her struggle to survive a bleak and abusive young life.

'This book teaches us to believe in the power of creativity when life has kicked you firmly in the face' Jo Good, BBC Radio London

The story begins in 1965, when Nicky encounters the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley in Risley remand centre. The brief meeting between these two young women resonates with Nicky. It is a brush with the kind of darkness into which a human life can descend, and an experience that powers her own resolve not to let her abuse define and shape her, but to strive for a positive life of her own.

Left as a newborn in a box outside Stoke City Football ground, her grandparents took her into their home. But instead of finding a sanctuary, Nicky was subjected to horrific sexual abuse throughout her childhood. In 1951, when Nicky was six years old, her glamorous-looking estranged mother arrived on the doorstep to 'rescue' her. But Nicky's hopes of a safe and loving family were very soon smashed, and her world became darker still...

Now an internationally renowned London artist, hers is a compelling story, carried along by her rare spirit of survival against the odds. Nicky's story is one of hope, for herself and for other abused children.

'Extremely well told, emotional and raw, raw, raw' GoodReads reviewer

About Nicky Nicholls

Nicky Nicholls is based in Croydon in South London. Client commissions for her paintings include the Bank of England, Hever Castle in Kent and Southwark Cathedral.

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Not a Proper Child by Nicky Nicholls
Used - Like New
Mirror Books
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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