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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Sara Payne: A Mother's Story - Sara Payne The autobiography of Sara Payne, mother of eight year old Sarah Payne who was abducted and murdered by a paedophile in the UK in 2000.

The down-to-earth tone of the book does nothing to hide the sheer devastation of such an experience on all members of the family. At times, this pragmatism emphasised the depth of emotion that was being held in (I was reduced to tears by several of the sections of the book.)

Throughout her recounting of the family's journey, from normality to horror and finally back to a new reality without their daughter Sarah, Sara Payne is searingly honest in her assessment of the toll that this horrifying event took on herself, her family and her marriage.

Her calm, non-dramatic approach highlights the strength it must have taken to search for the positives in this traumatic life event, and turn it into an opportunity to make something good come out of something evil (the Paynes were instrumental in fighting for changes in the British laws relating to paedophiles; they fought for "Sarah's Law".)

By the end, one is left with admiration for both the Paynes and their whole family, who typify the quintessential British fortitude.