“It was as if Pandora’s Box had opened. The course of my life changed and in one
moment, I went from being a cherished child to an abused child. I was marked.”
Emily enjoyed a golden childhood until, at age seven, her beautiful mother began
too see her as a rival and turned on her. She became addicted to beating Emily and
encouraged her new husband, a narcissistic bully, to whip her. By the time Emily
was 12, he was sexually abusing her.
Emily found her way into the care system, where she was vulnerable to the worst excesses
of male violence. She ran away many times and was drawn into life as an underage
prostitute servicing perverted clients.
Set principally between 1966 and 1972, Runaway is a shocking book that brilliantly
captures the sleazy Soho of the period and exposes the frightening conditions in
which many children were kept in care.