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“I replaced pain and cruelty with happiness and achievement”

The day Christine Clayfield, author of No Fourth River, decided to be brave was the turning point in her life

From the age of five, I was constantly surrounded by fear – fear of being laughed at, fear of being put down, even fear of talking to people. It started when I was sent to boarding school. I used to wet the bed and, the first night it happened, I knocked on the nuns’ door to ask for help. Instead, they made me do the ‘walk of shame’, carrying a bundle of wet sheets through all the dormitories as they announced, ‘Make way for the bed-wetter,’ and encouraged the children to laugh and shout horrible things. That happened regularly.

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