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Survivors

One Brave Detective's Battle to Expose the Rochdale Child Abuse Scandal
Narrated by: Maggie Oliver
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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The shocking true story behind the hit TV drama Three Girls.

When detective Maggie Oliver first discovered that children as young as 10 were being groomed, abused and trafficked for sex by gangs of men in the Rochdale area, she felt like a lonely voice calling for people to act. 

Banging on closed doors, it seemed that nobody was able or willing to help her save these vulnerable girls, but she couldn't just sit back while countless lives were being destroyed forever in plain sight. Instead, she launched a one-woman campaign to bring down these sickening gangs. 

This is the heartbreaking and shocking story of how the actions of one determined detective secured convictions in what is now one of the most notorious grooming cases in the UK. Along the way Maggie discovered countless examples of how the authorities were letting down our most vulnerable children. She blew the whistle, losing her job and at times her mind, in a bid to stop others from experiencing the same. 

This is the first ever account from a police insider on the endemic problem of child sexual exploitation across the nation and how these cases are handled by the authorities put in place to protect us. 

It tells the story of a woman brave enough to speak out and a group of girls who found the strength to fight for justice after having their lives completely shattered by their abusers; together they show in shocking detail why this must never happen again.

©2019 Maggie Oliver (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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  • Mrs. C. R. Hallett
  • 30-07-2019

Odd book

I thought this was about of the Rochdale Child Abuse scandal (which in part it is) but it's actually the autobiography of the whistle-blower. I found it repetitive in parts and dull in others, and I really don't feel it does justice to the girls stories. Whilst I do feel sorry for the lady's struggles in life that's not why I bought the book. Sorry not for me

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  • Sally Matthews
  • 12-08-2019

More about Maggie's life than the survivors.

An interesting listen but more about Maggie than the survivors. Also found her voice irritating.

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  • yellow top
  • 27-07-2019

Disappointing

This is an extraordinary story, that needed to be told, especially from the perspective of the whistleblower, but what a missed opportunity. I would recommend skipping the first 3 chapters at least, it's a monologue of irrelevant personal information, and it goes on and on and on. I was a big fan before reading it, but far less so afterwards.. The parts of the book which were actually about the survivors was okay.

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  • Munchie
  • 16-01-2020

Fantastic book

This book was a fantastic read and get my five star rating. I particularly liked the way that Maggie reads her own book. This book exposes the Rochdale case. It is one of the best books I have read about this particular case. Well done Maggie, you are one brave lady.

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  • Craigo
  • 14-12-2019

inspirational

This book is simply jaw dropping. my thoughts to the brave girls. Maggie thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-2019

Shocking but brilliant

If you saw 3 girls listen to this Maggie must be an angel sent to help these girls. Keep up the great work Maggie and thank you

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  • Rafferty
  • 07-09-2019

My first audible book review

As an ageless goddess I struggle with reading glasses in the sun so having this book on audible was a good move. I didn’t drift off, Maggie’s narration kept me engaged and the story unfolded as I expected with all the twists and turns, obstacles she overcame and the effect this had on everyone’s lives. Some might think surely not a holiday read but yes I wanted to understand the story and I applaud Maggie for never giving up and staying true to her gut instinct. She was able to raise her head above the parapet and follow through to the end. The impact Maggie’s desire to speak out on those young girls lives is immeasurable. I gave it 5 stars.

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  • Dymphna
  • 20-08-2019

A truly inspiring read.

Maggie Oliver takes us through a scandal that is ongoing. Her battle to expose this scandal is monumental. Despite this information being released there is still a blanket of silence from the powers we believe are protecting us. Well done Maggie Oliver we need more like you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-2019

Prepare to feel outraged! A must read!

This book was a fabulous read but it did leave me frustrated and outraged. Not because of the book or story itself but because no person should ever have to go through what those girls did and I cannot believe that any person can knowingly turn a blind eye to abuse of this scale and not do something about it least of all the Police and still to this day the girls haven't really got the full justice they deserve, mainly Amber. I loved that this was a well rounded biography of the strong Woman who was behind the whistle blowing, who in her own life had her own struggles and fair share of heartbreak. This only made stronger the absolute nerve and personal sacrifice Maggie endured in order to stand up for what was the absolute right thing to do.

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  • Margaret Stewart
  • 26-07-2019

Rotchadale abuse victims

I have watched three girls, read a couple of the Rochdale victims abuse and today I finished listening to Maggie Olivers audio book. I was so frustrated what Maggie had to endure through her life in the police and what barriers she was up against just because she was standing up for what she knew was the right thing to do. A lot off young people go through life been abused and they slip through the net. Maggie stood up do what she believed in well done to her I wish all people had the gumption off what she did for the rights of these victims well done and I hope you do well in the future.