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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Mrs. S. Lewis
  • 20-07-2019

Fantastic

What a fantastic thought provoking book.
Dear Maggie if this country had more people like you we would all be living in a better place. Keep on going

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  • Amanda
  • 16-07-2019

just the tip of a very big iceburg

children made victims time and time again let down by the very people put in place to help them a well narrated true account

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-2019

A strong women with incredibly story to share.

The book covers alot of the battle to expose the scandle in great detail and the unique perspective of the Maggies point of view is a insightful story that will restore faith in humanity.

Its a very personal account and includes her earily life and experiences and maybe this will be a little to much for some, I found it warming throughout.

At the end their is a request for donations to her foundation, although I'm not sure I noted that all proceeds of this book will be donated to the foundation? (could be wrong but didn't notice)

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  • A Scott
  • 15-07-2019

Such an amazing woman

if you watched 3 Girls or saw Maggie on Celebrity Big Brother last year this is definately for you.
If you care about justice, this is the book for you.
if you believe victims should be heard, this is the book for you.

I'm so glad that Maggie read this herself. Hearing her tell her story adds to performance as you can see her doing what she's talking about.

An amazing woman, doing amazing things for the most vulnerable.

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  • Hannah P.
  • 15-07-2019

Just wow! What a story...what a hero!

Maggie‘s determination, grit and fight in the face of an horrific cover up is fascinating, insightful and a must listen. She oozes warmth and authenticity - the listen made all the better for it being read by Maggie herself, she takes you on her journey. Big applause!