Get Your Free Audiobook

Tressa

The 12-Year-Old Mum
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

Non-member price: $22.78

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain's youngest mum in 2006 aged just 12 years and eight months. Her case provoked shock and outrage - but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyone could ever have imagined. 

Born into a life of poverty and neglect, Tressa was forced to grow up fast when was she taken into care at just four years old. She was returned to her mother's chaotic world, but by the age of seven, she was being abused by her own brother and at 11 years old she fell pregnant with his child. For years she kept his dark secret in an attempt to hold her family together until the truth threatened to destroy her completely. 

In the years since the birth, Tressa has gone through more pain and turmoil than most adults experience in a lifetime - yet today she survives a brave, strong and compassionate young woman. Now, for the first time, Tressa Middleton tells her own harrowing yet poignant story - a story of hope, forgiveness and, above all, love.

©2015 Tressa Middleton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

More from the same

What listeners say about Tressa

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

strength and admiration

loved this although at times I found very difficult to listen to what Tressa endured. I remember hearing about this in the media and has opened my eyes more. thankyou for sharing.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Raw, heart breaking, eye opening.

I loved this book. It was wonderfully written and beautifully read. Such an honest, raw, account written by Tressa. It was heart wrenching and the courage Tressa must have, to be through what she has and to share it with others is so incredible. An eye opening must read!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Djp
  • 12-06-2020

amazing book

wow. what strength she had. so brave to tell her story.
amazing. a must listen too.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Johanna
  • Johanna
  • 24-08-2018

Heartbreaking and genuine

This was not an easy listening. I usually cant 'put down' a good book once I've started however this particular story made me pause several times to be able to catch my mind. Her reflections on her life are simple but strikes you right in the chest, I found myself emerged in my own imagination, seeing the places, knowing the people, feeling the pain. It came alive in a way that only those special stories do. The ones you will have a hard time letting go of.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jason Moore
  • Jason Moore
  • 12-12-2019

Excellent narration, too many questions

The overall story of Tressa life so far, is very very sad but I felt it left me with way too many questions. There were a few contradictions and the timeline of events didn't make sense. despite these issues it is beyond comprehension how anyway can allow their own children to grow up in such a dangerous environment. I wanted to rescue all the children in this story and show what a living home and family is really like.
I hope that Tressa manages to stay clean and goes on the lead a happy and healthy life full of the live she deserves.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-2018

Wonderfully told story and narration

I remember this story originally but not the truth. Glad I know the true events and Tressa has told her story. May her life hold a happier journey now. Thankyou for telling your story. Had me gripped from start to finish.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

horrowing

A true story of an abused love girl who just wanted love. overcame the impossible. the story drew me in and I listened to every last minute.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-2019

unbelievable

unbelievable what was aloud to happen to her she was just a child and no one was there to help

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for sabre tooth tiger
  • sabre tooth tiger
  • 08-10-2019

Heartbreaking and heartwarming both at the same time

Enjoyed reading this book and wanted it to go on. I really hope she writes another book about how she gets on in the rest of her life, as I heard she has had another daughter now. I was routing for her the whole time. I really hope she gets to see her first daughter again and that the book finds its way to her so she can read it and understand her mums difficult life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2019

Harrowing account

This book was gripping from
Start to finish, poor Tressa still adored her family despite what she had gone through in her short life, what makes this book even more gripping I knew her parents they lived near where I grew up
Tressa stay clean and try to enjoy your life

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for marie
  • marie
  • 29-08-2019

Couldn't put this book down

Very sad upbringing for a child , she really went through hell and back
great narration and a well put together read
Well worth the credit !

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Katie Mo
  • Katie Mo
  • 28-05-2019

Heartbreaking

Didn’t want to stop listening to this book. It’s deeply upsetting to hear about what happened to this poor girl and what happened throughout her life. But heartwarming to hear she is getting on and moving forward despite everything. I admire her courage and the fact after everything she has gone through she still carries on and has turned her life around. Enjoyed the whole book despite it being a hard listen, emotionally.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dee84
  • Dee84
  • 18-05-2019

good insight into a harrowing set of circumstance

well written, narration a bit annoying after about 15 chapters though as she makes Tressa sound very whiny. eye opening to just what goes on behind closed doors