Urban crime drama based on London gangs.
4.0 out of 5 stars. ‘An insight into a terrifying existence’ 22nd Aug 2012
‘I found myself absolutely compelled to read Safe… This was worse than anything I had ever imagined or envisioned… Would I recommend the book? Yes, I would. It’s an eye-opener into a completely different and terrifying world.’ See full UK review at Amazon.co.uk.
In or out there’s no escape. This is a novel inspired by real-life events, depicting a journey through tears and laughter and told through two very different voices: Mother and son.
– A sad and traumatic account of family breakdown and betrayal trauma.
When Tammy finally leaves her alcoholic husband she has to fight to rescue her son but she is forced to watch helplessly as he flips out of control and out of reach. Wired from birth, kick started by abuse, and eventually broken, Charlie wants the world to feel his pain. Expelled from school after school Charlie has nowhere to go, until that is, he finds a strong sense of belonging with other street kids, also excluded, also needing a family – but where the rules are very different.
Sally Halsall was born as Sally Thake in 1966 and grew up in Southall, Middlesex (greater London, UK). Sally left school at 15 with two O levels and worked in various office jobs, running her own market stall at weekends. By the age of 22 Sally married a Glaswegian and became Mrs Henry, moving to Kent (UK) to have the first of two children and returning to Ealing, London after one year. A son followed in 1992 and in 1993 Sally returned to West Thames College with dreams of becoming a psychologist. In 1998 Sally obtained a 1:1 BSc degree in Psychology at Brunel University and shortly after this her marriage broke down. Sally struggled with the aftermath of the divorce and needed to work in several jobs to pay the bills. Sally moved to Hanwell, London and taught at West Thames College, The National Autistic Society, Richmond Adult College, Brooklands College, John Ruskin College, Brunel University and The Open University. Meanwhile, in 2005 Sally obtained her PhD in Psychology which resulted in her first book; ‘Bullying as a Social Pathology’ which was published by Edwin Mellen Press. Media coverage for Sally’s research into bullying was extensive and covered a range of social and emotional issues leading to a request for Sally to post some biographical narrative online about her own struggle. This resulted in expected positive feedback from New York and suggestions that Sally should write an autobiographical novel hence her first fiction e-book (Safe) which you can read now. In 2011 Sally married again and became Sally Halsall and now lives near to London with her husband Geoff and her daughter Charlotte. Sally also works for the NHS at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where she is involved in research.