The Orkney child abuse scandal, that came to light in 1991, cast a long shadow over those affected. One of the original fifteen ‘W' children sheds new light on a notorious episode, compounded by institutional failure and mismanagement as he traces his own journey from a traumatic childhood of abuse on an island farm. The anguish of social rejection and struggle to adjust are laid bare as the journey of self-discovery for all the siblings takes various faltering and painful steps. A candid search for a father figure to replace the perpetrator is at the heart of mental torment and the longing for acceptance and finding a place in society includes numerous hurdles along the way. Compellingly frank, Whatever Happened to the ‘W' Children? challenges established notions of deprived backgrounds and shines a ray of hope on how to come to terms with the past.
ISBN : 978-1-80074-063-1
Pages : 134
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Henry Willsher lives in Berkshire and works in construction technology development. Henry has usually written short stories, most of which are published on henrywillsher.com, mainly comedy, short stories and articles written for the local newspapers. As for writing books, Henry is more of an accomplished reader, from classics to contemporary.
The idea for the book came through a spiritual awakening, some years earlier, and the subsequent spiritual journey. Henry dedicates his efforts to those who may have faced the struggle of mental illness and strive to become better people.