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It was god's punishment, they were told, and none of this would have come about if they'd kept their legs together.

"My mum escaped the cruelty of Ireland's mother and baby homes. i might not be alive if she hadn't" 

The Guardian

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By summer the water is as warm as a bath

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There is nothing like the attention of someone staring at every single bit of you.

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I’m about five in this rare photograph from my peripatetic childhood in Morocco with our mother.

Esther Freud, Hideous Kinky

Esther Freud on Hideous Kinky: 'Memories came back to me, humorous and chilling.'

THE GUARDIAN

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the exhilaration hit me and I felt dizzyingly grateful to be alive

THE MOTORBIKE TAKES US THROUGH THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF THE TANNERIES.

It's a dreary place, but you might enjoy it for a day or two.