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  • Published: 3 March 2008
  • ISBN: 9780091912260
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $14.99

The Family Friend

Sometimes the danger is closer than you think


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An honest and intelligently written account of one boy’s abuse at the hands of a trusted family friend - now in mass-market paperback

Matt Lowe's childhood was outwardly idyllic. He was part of a large, loving family and lived comfortably on the Norfolk coast. Yet, unnoticed by his parents and peers, he was being abused by a young man who had been welcomed into the family fold...in the guise of the perfect family friend.

Jeremy was intelligent, artistic and fantastic with children. A real-life Peter Pan, he was loved by the children and trusted by the adults. He was particularly fond of Matt and would organise outings and treats every weekend, just for the two of them. But from the start the relationship had a sinister side; one that Matt instinctively knew must remain hidden.

Written with heart-wrenching candour, Matt's story is an unusually insightful and moving account of how one small boy endured many years of sexual and psychological abuse and how, without realising, those closest to him allowed it to happen.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2008
  • ISBN: 9780091912260
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Matt Lowe

After completing college Matt Lowe worked overseas in education and social development. In his thirties he participated in an innovative community centre set up to counter the social isolation of mental health service users in the inner city. More recently he has provided support to young people in residential and other settings. This is his first book.


Praise for The Family Friend

“A gut-wrenchingly honest book”

Daily Mail

“Sobering and disturbing ... Lowe describes with sometimes startling honesty what he went through ... not a cheerful read, understandably, but not wholly without optimism either”

Herald

“Sensitively handled, beautifully written”

The Bookseller


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