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rank 5918
word count 19420
date submitted 01.05.2010
date updated 03.05.2010
genres: Non-fiction, Biography, Harper True...
classification: adult

What A Life!

Ola Lydia Taiwo

A heart wrenching memoir of a woman trying to overcome
the emotional, physical and psychological trauma of
childhood abuse in, What A Life!


Children remained with their foster families for a long while, with or without frequent visits. Although the mainly white English working class families were paid for their service, they effectively became surrogate parents to those kids. This private arrangement was intended to help struggling students to focus on their jobs and studies. It probably saved Ola’s life.

When Ola became five years old, her parents took her back from her foster parents to live with them in South London around 1969. Ola’s early memory of her biological mother was of a cruel and wicked woman. Some of the things Ola faced from the time she was about five years old, till she was twelve years old were very cruel indeed.

The very idea that loving parents could inflict such abuse on their first child begs belief, but for the physical evidence scars consistent with Ola’s account. She was abused verbally, physically and emotionally – the physical scars are still there to prove it - All this at the hands of her own mother and father. .

It was strange that even the courts and the Social Services were well and truly deceived.

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Lenore wrote 1300 days ago

A very touching story and obviously hard to write, but hopefully it will help you to put some demons to rest. I was interested in your manuscript because abuse is a story I tell as well and I feel a connection with those who have survived. There are some sentence structure problems which can easily be corrected, but your memories are clear and engaging.

gotiko wrote 1365 days ago

Hi Ola,

It is shamesful that your own parents treated you so cruelly. Umbelievable! O ma se O!
I back your book, and wish all the best.

Gabriel(It Goes On Forever.)

Author apart from the rest wrote 1407 days ago

I think you have a very compelling story here. I have placed you on my watchlist, and intend to place you on my book shelf. I try and give everyone atleast a moment on display!


katiegail wrote 1407 days ago

This starts with long narrative and it is difficult to get into the emotions that the little girl is feeling, you may need to draw this out a little with verbal interaction and 'show not tell' of the girl's feelings, that way the reader will be drawn in more quickly. I haven't had time to read very far but dispite my comments above I feel this is still a story I would love to read given the time. One little point - watch the repetition of certain words ie 'cow dung'. I do think this has promise.
Gail Jones 'Family Secrets'

sharon cooper wrote 1410 days ago

I have the first six chapters so far. What a sad life for a young girl to live. I admire your courage and willingness to tell your painful story.

Take another look at the the first paragraph of chapter 6. You repeat yourself several times regarding the location of the party and your relationship to the birthday girl. Also, I saw several comma errors throughout.

I look forward to finding the time to read the rest of what you have posted. Backed.

I would appreciate if you would give Seka a read and a comment.
sharon Cooper

Telegraph wrote 1442 days ago

Such and explosive story and well crafted. C W

lisawb wrote 1442 days ago

Non fiction books have significant value from the insight they give which can lead to better understanding and management of the relevant issues. This is written well and I wish you all the best in the future with your six children. I hope the book achieves what you wanted it to do.



Colin Normanshaw wrote 1444 days ago

Not my genre, but this is really well written. Backed. Colin

hot lips wrote 1446 days ago

I love biography and this is brilliant. Very simply written, short clear easy to read sentences and giving a very vivid picture. It brought tears to my eyes - poor child! Backed with a heart and a half.

missyfleming_22 wrote 1446 days ago

Such a powerful story, and well written. You're very brave to share this with us. I wish you all the best!

Mark of Eternity

Papilio wrote 1447 days ago

Chapter 6

I really can’t stand it when someone vomits, but I can’t imagine how an adult can hit a child because of it. The poor child is already in pain. I winced when I read about the cut finger and I don’t get upset at the sight of blood. I just wish my children would read this and see how lucky they are. This is a well written recollection and I think you are brave to share it with us. Happy to back.

Aqua Omega

alison woodward wrote 1448 days ago

you are very brave to write this and let others see your suffering, good luck, backed

alison ( who wants to diet anyway? and legal lies)

eloraine wrote 1449 days ago

You have turned tragedy into triumph, I wish you the very best with this, good luck. Backed. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

crazy mama wrote 1450 days ago

You are brave and I applaud and back you

A. Zoomer wrote 1450 days ago

I respect and honour that you produced this beautiful book.
On my shelf backed.
A zoomer
Going Out in Style.
Pls think about the first sentence -it seems inconceivable to me.

Bamboo Promise wrote 1450 days ago

It is very emotional to see something happens to someone suffers with such of trauma. I admire your courage to write this story to leverage your pain. I honor your life story and would like to wish your book will reach the ED and to get what you need for your life. Also please take a look at the Bamaboo Promise if you don't mind.

Bamboo Promise

Melcom wrote 1451 days ago

It's difficult to know what to say to someone who has been through such horrendous trauma's. My mum used to foster children who had been abused and remained very confused in their adult lives.

Wishing you the best and a happy life with your wonderful 6 kids.

Impeding Justice

Beval wrote 1451 days ago

I admire your courage in writing this and I admire you for coming through it.

A Knight wrote 1452 days ago

This is a strong, poignant memoir, filled with emotion without slumping into self-pity. It not only captures the reader's attention and empathy, but carries on with bravery to teach us all an important lesson about the strengthof an individual's determination.

Fantastic, and backed with pleasure.

Abi xxx

Joss64 wrote 1452 days ago

Backed with pleasure! Jocelyn E. Morris (A Bore No More)

Raymond Nickford wrote 1452 days ago

What A Life!

Ola Lydia Taiwo,

I have read your first 2 chapters and wanted to go on to the third after seeing the two questions at the end of Chapter 2.
I was particularly interested to learn about the emotional confusion for you when separated from your foster parents. Whilst I understand that they were good and gave you their love, I WANTED to believe that your real parents would have given you a deeper happiness as you returned to them and yet... very sadly indeed, it doesn't appear that you were as happy to be back with them as to be with your foster parents,
I feel for you and thank God that I have not had to endure the emotional turmoil that you experienced torm between foster and real parents and yet I want to read on to see whether the return to your real parents was to bring you the emotional stability that you deserved and needed.
I see the mention of 'abuse' in the short pitch and synopsis and wonder from what direction that may have come in your life and find it absolutely tragic that it may have come from those who youy should have been able to most trust.
I therefore hope that your book finds an agent or publisher - you deserve that.

(A Child from the Wishing Well)

RichardBard wrote 1452 days ago

Ola, Thank you for having the courage to tell your poignent story. That you pushed through and become a loving mother of six is a true inspiration. You are a gifted writer. Congratulations. Backed.

Richard Bard
BRAINRUSH (2010 ABNA Semi-Finalist)

SusieGulick wrote 1452 days ago

Dear Ola, I love that you have stepped up & told your story - that's what I did (memoir named below). I was touched by your phrase, "asking all of these questions in my heart & got no answer" - very deep. :) God bless you. :) I am 70 years old & the pain/remembrance never goes away, but Jesus is my strength & my joy. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "commenting & backing" your book to help it advance - this will help yours & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "comment & back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end my illness now & 6th abusive marraiage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: Every "comment" & "backing" you do moves your book & the other person's book closer to the top. :)

soutexmex wrote 1452 days ago

Welcome aboard, Ola. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I'll be your first comment. The short pitch TELLS instead of SHOWS. With the long pitch, break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. Even though this is non-fiction, end it with one succinct question. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

The Obergemau Key

LT wrote 1453 days ago