Today I am pleased to share an extract from Christine Clayfield’s ‘No Fourth River‘ as part the blog tour hosted by Bookollective.
No Fourth River
By Christine Clayfield
Publisher: RASC Publishing
Electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery… just another day in Christine’s life.
Take a heart-wrenching yet inspiring ride through one woman’s incredible journey that is so compelling that you are simultaneously trying to look away and unable to stop yourself from reading on.
Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. At the age of just five, little Christine is cast aside into a boarding school where she is ridiculed for two embarrassing problems. She grows up in a never-ending circle of traumatic experiences both in her boarding school and at home. It culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, leading her into a world of promiscuity and alcohol, eventually landing her in a violent marriage.
Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?
A story that asks: How do you find the strength, when you suffer almost unbearable abuse and are broken beyond repair, to pick up the pieces of a shattered life?
Extract: Growing Up, Down
We were all survivors, programmed from the very start of life to tiptoe around the pillar of fury that was my father. He was the kind of man who would strip his children of all self-esteem, then blame us when we could not perform. He delighted in mental harassment and physical beatings.
He was a chain-smoking, whisky-swilling king of the diamond trade. A tyrant to his children.
My brothers and I learned all about the dark, solitary places of our house—either to hide in or as a forced punishment. At five, I remember hearing noises from behind the cellar door one morning, so I investigated, only to find my brother Oliver huddled in the corner on the cold stone floor, throwing rocks at the wall. My father had sent him there the night before, without supper.
“Oliver, you okay?” I screeched, taking note of his wide, round eyes. They were full of fear and something else…shame.
It was dirty in the cellar and the stone was so cold that the air coming up from the bottom felt like a wave of freezing mist. He was trapped down there, alone in a frozen ocean of stone, framed by the light coming from my open door.
“Shh, dad might hear,” he called up to me.
“He’s not home.” I sniffled at the weakness and helplessness of my words. I wanted to help him but I couldn’t. It was against the rules.
“What happened?” At least I could give him some company.
“I’m not allowed to grow my hair. Dad told me to cut it, and I told him I wanted to keep it long.” A slight hint of anger lined his voice.
I would not understand that feeling until I was much older.
“Oh. You look cold.”
“I am cold.”
“Should I bring you a blanket?” I noticed there wasn’t so much as a towel on the floor where he sat.
“Better not. I’ll be fine. You go upstairs and play.” He turned his face into the darkness of the cellar. I obeyed and gently shut the door on my brother and walked to the lounge, where my other brothers were. Oliver was not allowed out of the cellar for four days over a long weekend.
Mum brought him a plate of food, once a day. There was no washroom, and he would do his nature calls in a plastic pot with a lid on that mum had to clean every day.
About the Author
Born in 1959, the successful UK business woman and author Christine Clayfield has achieved recognition as a Bestselling Author for one of her Internet marketing books. She has written 6 books: 1 novel (her own life story) and 5 business books.
Christine is an author, wife, mother and business woman.
Christine’s past holds much pain and abuse, but it did not stop her from being the woman she is today by changing her life and building the future she wanted. She wants to empower and inspire the world with the release of “No Fourth River”, a novel, based on a true story: her own life.
Life was certainly no easy ride for her. To say she had a hard life as a child and a young adult, is an understatement. ‘No Fourth River’, is her way to let the world know that despite the pain of your past, YOU have the ability to change your future. YOU can make it happen if you just believe. It all starts with YOU.
Christine loves writing books and helping others to achieve business success! She has helped countless people to get to grips with making money online and publishing books.
I want to extend a special thank you to Aimee with Bookollective and the author for allowing me to particpate and providing the extract today!