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For 46 years, Carol Minto has quietly gone about her life, carrying with her the most extraordinary and heartbreaking secrets.

Born into poverty and with mostly absent parents, Carol helped to raise her nine siblings. But when she was just 11 years old, her older brother began to sexually abuse her. After four years, Carol managed to escape - and ran away from home.

Picked up by social services, they place her at Aston Hall in Derby, a psychiatric hospital now infamous for the ghoulish ‘truth serum’ experiments it carried out on children. Over three years, Carol was stripped, sedated, assaulted and raped by Kenneth Milner, the doctor in charge.

Eventually she is released back into the community, aged 18, and has a daughter. But the baby is taken away for adoption, and Carol’s trauma intensifies. In 2010, Carol finally plucked up the courage to speak out about the abuse she suffered - and received justice, at last.

In The Asylum, Carol tells the full story of how she overcame unimaginable suffering, to find the happiness and solace she has today as a mother and grandmother.

©2021 Ann Cusack (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • KH
  • 02-25-22

"A Force to be Reckoned With"

I was halfway through this book before I learned it was a memoir. Carole Minto is a brave woman, a survivor. Telling her story when she was ready, had to be incredibly difficult, but the good that has come from her bravery has been so far reaching. The only comment I have is regarding the title. This book was about so much more than her time at Aston Hall. Of course, the years she spent institutionalized had a major impact on her life, but the years before and after were also so unreal, I feel the title doesn't do her story justice. To quote Carole, she is a "force to be reckoned with".

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Overcoming a life of abuse

I loved it and was an easy listen once I got used to the Irish/Scottish accent. The entire book held my interest as well.

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Narrator is difficult to understand.

I wish they would let us know that the narrator has an accent. It's difficult to understand her. I wasn't able to finish the book.

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  • jo
  • 04-29-22

good book

I enjoy this story. It was so sad to hear that it happen. I'm glad she had some good time.

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spectacular

took a chapter to adjust to accent of narrorator, but once I got past that easy listening. I cried a few times. the ending was positive and I'd recommend this to anyone who survived sexual abuse.

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  • S. J.
  • 08-11-21

A very sad read.

terrible story of sexual, mental and physical abuse. I cannot understand why the powers that be do not believe it when children are systematically abused. It was a compelling book. I hope all the survivors are well and coping with life. The amount of compensation was pitiful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-21

Terrible

I could not listen to the narrator her voice is terrible, boring to listen

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 10-16-21

Thank goodness times have changed

I was absolutely shocked when I realised that this happened in the 1950s as I was was born in 1952.
I was shocked and discussed by how the social services handled the matter by not even interviewing Ian and I was absolutely discussed with Carol's mother for not believing her.
This book is a very powerful account of a young girls up bringing and of how people let her down time after time, locked her away for years then let her go with no training of the outside world. It's no wonder that most people don't trust social services with things like this going on.
Thank goodness in the end Ian finally got his comeuppance.
I hope Carol now finally has the peace she deserves with Karl's loving family sadly life still left her the cruel blow with Sunny dying so young.
The narrator did an excellent job as well.

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  • CHRIS R
  • 09-01-21

Should have never happened

A heart tearing account of not being believed when desperately seeking help. Of what happened in the home and institutions.
You sought justice, and you should have been given more by the justice system.
Be proud of what you have achieved since those early years of your life. Especially the way you and sonny brought up your son.
Had tears in my eyes at times, and that’s hard to admit, being a leather clad biker with the iconic v twin engines.
Nothing was your fault.
Now enjoy.

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  • brownskin
  • 02-03-22

Resilience

What a HEART BREAKING story.. carol you are STRONG and RESILIENT. I love your spirit of forgiveness ❤🥂

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  • Jo
  • 05-18-22

Can feel the pain carol went through.

Well written and told, sad, but so many children seem to have suffered in silence.
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  • lynne5
  • 04-30-22

Worst narrator ever.

This book would be interesting if it was not for the terrible narrator. Just awful, ruined it for me.

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  • Rosemary Upson
  • 04-30-22

Amazing story

Very moved by this story. The sentence for her brother was far too short.

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  • Teapot Rosie
  • 04-06-22

Powerful words

A disturbing, powerful story of abuse and suffering which should never have been allowed to happen. Everyone should hear or read this story and endeavour to ensure it never happens again. Brilliantly read.

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  • De De
  • 03-30-22

Asylum

Was depressing and sad fell aslp twice but was OK if you like that sought of book the ending made it worth while I guess, I couldn't make out what the Scottish audio voice was saying in parts if your Scottish ul understand it more

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  • 04-08-22

A True Survivor

Carol Minto tells her life story of hardship and heartache so eloquently and yet she has managed somehow to live through what seems a never ending nightmare. This story will have you in tears and almost feeling her despair, and you keep willing her to reach a peace within herself. After the loss of her husband and his courage he passed to her she has gone on to be a formidable woman, mother & grandmother. I wish her peace and happiness, and thank you for sharing your life.