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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unbeaten by Kim Woodburn. Unbeaten by Kim Woodburn. Often she has simply wished that she had never been born, for Kim has overcome horrific emotional and physical abuse both at the hands of her alcoholic mother and her philandering, sexually abusive father.
In her brave and revealing story Kim’s memories of growing up are not of love and cuddles, but of woodbunr and random cruelty. Shuttled between the brutal houses of her warring parents, a succession of miserable children’s homes and a grim convent — Kim’s past has cast a long shadow over her life.
But just before her sixteenth birthday she finally made her escape.
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It has taken decades of hard woodubrn, and a wonderfully happy marriage to conquer depression but now she has emerged unbowed and unbeaten as Britain’s Queen of Clean.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unbeatenplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 27, Leonie rated it it was ok. She came across as an incredibly self absorbed and grittily determined person who thought the world owed her a favour and was quite happy to coast on it. I found it very hard to believe the endless tales of woe, abuse and depravity documented in the book and I wonder how much of Kim’s history is remembered very differently uunbeaten the others who lived it with her.
Jan 07, Hil rated it it was ok Shelves: I read this after seeing Kim mention her family problems and her dead baby in an interview. I don’t normally read ‘abuse’ genre books – this is my third – as I have mixed feelings about them. Perhaps those who would pick this up be I read this after seeing Kim mention her family problems and her dead baby in an interview. Perhaps those who would pick this up because they like abuse books would find it disappointing though, as I believe there are much worse ones out there Shattered by Sophie Andrews for instance.
That said, Kim’s description of her childhood paints a grim picture to say the least. I unbeahen she’s aiming at an overall message of “look how far I’ve come from my crappy beginnings”, but despite the violence at various stages of her life and awful premature delivery of a stillborn son, I couldn’t help feeling like she did okay due to her looks and got more than a few lucky breaks along the way.
It’s an easy, quick read, but obviously not very cheery, and fans of her or her show might want to give it a read. In some places I got unbeatten with the way it was written and a fair bit of repetition whether that’s down to her or a ghostwriter, I don’t know.
I could say more about this book, but I’m sure many people gain something from reading it, particularly if they’ve been through similar things, so if any good comes from it I shouldn’t criticise. It takes some talent to take a relentless catalogue of abuse and misfortune and make it totally numbifying. The ghost writer’s fingers should be battered with this book so that they cannit inflict any more horrific writing on the world.
Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood
In spite of the horrendous life she’s lead, the tone of the book doesn’t paint her in the best light, but i still like her and would like her to call me a filthy beggar and then purse her lips at me while she white gloves me dusty crevices. From one ragi It takes some talent to take a relentless catalogue of abuse and misfortune and make it totally numbifying. From one raging queenie to another.
This is one of those books with paper that smells feintly of sick. But I’m working through the smell barrier] Kim really has been through so much in her life; I have a lot of respect for her.
It’s amazing seeing her being such an upfront, hard character on TV but to then read about what her life has actually been like. The language used made the book straightforward and easy to read but as expected it was a difficult and emotional subject to read about.
Jan 17, Jade rated it it was amazing. I know why Kim is such a strong character now due to what she has been through! Couldn’t put this book down!
This is the first time I pick up a biography and I’ll be truly honest with you! You really don’t wanna miss Kim Woodburn’s sad story.
In her biography, Kim Woodburn tells us in details about her wretched childhood and dismal days with her abusive parents. Everything in her life was unpleasant. Kim would be beaten and punished severely just because of her mother is in a bad mood.
Sometimes her mother would hit her just because she wants to! Woobdurn left me tota This is the first time I pick up a biography and I’ll be truly honest with you! Which left me totally agape! Her father is never at home, which made the situation worse because she is always unbeatten alone with the person with whom she is supposed to feel comfortable and wodoburn, her own mother. Gezzie, Kim’s sister, is invariably the one who never receives punishment. She’s loved by her mother, which makes Kim suffer internally and feel lonelier than ever as she never felt wanted or loved like her siblings.
One of the things that left me aghast while reading this book is Kim’s mother, Patricia.
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She’s just the vilest woman I’ve ever read about. I’ve never imagined that a woman can be that cruel and harsh toward her own daughter, just because she woodgurn like her father!
Another thing is when Kim and her sister were taken to the Nuns! This book has made me view nuns in a very different way. They were just as wicked and horrendous as Kim’s mother.
Basically, the Nuns House is a terrifying space for Kim since she was treated very badly by the nuns When she finally manages to run unbeqten from her brutal mother, Kim steps into the outside world; a cruel and unpleasant world that makes her experience very bad things.
First, she has to work in jobs she doesn’t want just because she has to earn a living and a roof over her head.
Second, her first marriage was a big failure that rendered her depressed and hopeless. However, Kim still maintains hope and the world smiles at her again in the end I enjoyed this book so much and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another biography next time I want to buy books! Oct 02, Velvet Tripp rated it really liked it. Kim Woodburn’s life story is well written, very moving and left me shocked.
How she has survived to be who she is today is astounding. Her brutal upbringing and later achievements are testimony to the fact that humans can, with enough determination, overcome the almost impossible. This is an inspirational read. I would recommend it to anyone feeling despondent about their own life. Kim demonstrates how it is possible to triumph even during extreme adversity. Her language is str Wow. Unbdaten language is straightforward and her style matter-of-fact, making this book ki easy read except for the emotional components.
They make you stop and think, and dab your eyes! Mar 13, chucklesthescot rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The story of Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn growing up with an absent father and brutal evil mother in a truly scary childhood. Kim is hated as she is a reminder of the failed marriage of her parents and her mother tales every opportunity to beat, humiliate and frighten her daughter.
Even as Kim leaves her childhood behind she falls into a relationship that ends in a tragic situation followed by a violent marriage. You have to admire the way this woman came through all these horrors to be a much lo The story of Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn growing up with an absent father and brutal evil mother in a truly scary childhood. You have to admire the way this woman came through all these horrors to be a much loved British TV star.
Apr 22, Love rated it it was amazing. At first the book was kind of hard for me to get into. I am so glad to say I did love the book after all I guess there was just a slow point for me.
Ynbeaten talks so openly about things I do unbeatfn know if I could have. She reafirmed my enving her. I am so glad she made it through such distructive relationships. This book is well worth the read in my eyes.
Jan 29, Ruth rated it really liked it. I cannot give anything less than a four star because one cannot undermine anyone’s story.
Kim has provided a detailed account of her growth. Her brutal honesty of her naivety in her youth makes the story worth reading.
Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood by Kim Woodburn
Yes, one can rise above anything. Feb 07, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 28, Jennifer Maguire rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.