Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Close

  • Grows vegetables
  • Fills classrooms
  • Drills wells
  • Empowers women
  • Fights poverty

Dragonslippers

£9.99 Out Of Stock

Product description

A graphic diary of remarkable emotional honesty that charts the deterioration of one woman's relationship into violence and abuse. A successful young businesswoman with loving family and friends, Rosalind Penfold couldn't believe her luck when she met and quickly fell for a charming widower and father of four who seemed absolutely devoted to her. Only a few months into the relationship, however, the first worrying signs began to emerge that the man she eventually married was not quite as he seemed. A pattern of small lies and petty cruelties began to emerge, which, over the course of their ten-year relationship, would come to encompass a litany of physical, mental and sexual abuse truly shocking in its scope and malevolence. Often too traumatised to vocalise the horror of what she was experiencing, Rosalind kept detailed graphic diaries throughout her relationship that brilliantly capture her sense of powerlessness and confusion as her once dream man gradually reveals himself to be a monster. The result is a touching, profoundly shocking and completely original portrait of domestic abuse, as well as the redemptive story of one woman's struggle to survive in circumstances she felt to be entirely outside her own control. Terrified for the children who became drawn into the circle of violence and sexual humiliation; lied to, cheated on and repeatedly belittled; mortified, above all, that even with the support of her family and friends, she remained unable to leave her abuser for many years, Rosalind Penfold did eventually escape, but at a cost. Her diaries are an extraordinary visual testimony to the emotional and psychological depths to which it is possible to sink, and a reminder of the continued possibility of recovery. Viewing them at a distance forced Rosalind herself to realise the extent of the abuse she was suffering and helped her escape, and these diaries should provide a genuine window into the usually closed world of domestic abuse and the claustrophobic lives of its victims.

Good condition. Some wear to cover. Internally, pages are clean and undamaged.

Item details

Author(s):
Penfold, Rosalind B.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0007216882
ISBN-13:
9780007216888
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
HarperPress

Sold Out

We're sorry to say this item has now sold out.

There are over 100,000 more items in stock. Start browsing with our suggestions below.

About this item

A graphic diary of remarkable emotional honesty that charts the deterioration of one woman's relationship into violence and abuse. A successful young businesswoman with loving family and friends, Rosalind Penfold couldn't believe her luck when she met and quickly fell for a charming widower and father of four who seemed absolutely devoted to her. Only a few months into the relationship, however, the first worrying signs began to emerge that the man she eventually married was not quite as he seemed. A pattern of small lies and petty cruelties began to emerge, which, over the course of their ten-year relationship, would come to encompass a litany of physical, mental and sexual abuse truly shocking in its scope and malevolence. Often too traumatised to vocalise the horror of what she was experiencing, Rosalind kept detailed graphic diaries throughout her relationship that brilliantly capture her sense of powerlessness and confusion as her once dream man gradually reveals himself to be a monster. The result is a touching, profoundly shocking and completely original portrait of domestic abuse, as well as the redemptive story of one woman's struggle to survive in circumstances she felt to be entirely outside her own control. Terrified for the children who became drawn into the circle of violence and sexual humiliation; lied to, cheated on and repeatedly belittled; mortified, above all, that even with the support of her family and friends, she remained unable to leave her abuser for many years, Rosalind Penfold did eventually escape, but at a cost. Her diaries are an extraordinary visual testimony to the emotional and psychological depths to which it is possible to sink, and a reminder of the continued possibility of recovery. Viewing them at a distance forced Rosalind herself to realise the extent of the abuse she was suffering and helped her escape, and these diaries should provide a genuine window into the usually closed world of domestic abuse and the claustrophobic lives of its victims.

Good condition. Some wear to cover. Internally, pages are clean and undamaged.

Author(s):
Penfold, Rosalind B.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0007216882
ISBN-13:
9780007216888
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
HarperPress

Delivery & returns

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 2 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is £3.95 per order, so you're only charged once no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 2 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is currently free, no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section.

We offer a no quibble returns policy as follows:

Wedding dresses: 14 days

Overseas returns: 31 days

Everything else: 21 days


This item is also available for international delivery by airmail, carrying a mandatory delivery charge of:

Europe: £4.70

Outside Europe: £7.00

Volunteer listed

Wonder how this unique item ended up online?

Most of the second-hand items you see online have been donated, by supporters like you, to our high street stores. Each item is then priced, photographed and listed on this site by our amazing team of volunteers from across the country.

After you have bought your item, our team of volunteers package and dispatch it from the Shop straight to you or your chosen recipient.

All profits from the sales of our goods go towards funding Oxfam's work around the world. We rely on your donations to sell online so please keep the cycle of goodness going!

To find out more about volunteering with Oxfam, please visit our how to volunteer page.

Oxfam Books & Music Wells

Oxfam is the UK's largest second hand bookseller, but it doesn't stop there. We sell a great range of donated music as well as books of all sorts. Whether it's vintage LPs or the latest modern fiction you want, we're well worth a look! We also sell Fairtrade food, Fairtrade cleaning products and greetings cards. Call us for more information. Please contact store directly for opening hours.

View Shop