This book deserves to be widely read by all who have a direct role, or interest in, investigative and therapeutic work with children who have been abused. Highly recommended.
Cognitive Behavioural Social Work Review
Her book allows her to portray the humanity and creative insight which flows throughout her direct work. She enables the readers to gaze into the perceptions and the pain of sexually abused children, but also to behold the resilience and potential for repair of these 'poppies on the rubbish heap'. The case studies open up our eyes and ears to the worlds and the language of children with whom the author has worked. With an admirable blend of lyricism and down-to-earth realism. bray captures the fears, pain and hopes of her subjects. What is demontrates too is the personal and professional insight, intuition and magic of her own practice.
Social Work Today
Highly readable, absorbing and revealing.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on child sexual abuse.
This publication is a unique insight into the minds of abused children which provides a basis for therapeutic work.
Child Care Forum
Offers heart, humour, compassion and a depth of understanding for those wishing to work effectively in child sexual abuse.
Mental Health Care
An unusual and in some ways exceptional book, it is intensely personal, but also enlightening on a much broader level as to creative ways to work with children who have been sexually abused. …[I]t is the description of Bray's own work and involvement with each child which casts the spell and keeps the reader engrossed.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality
Madge Bray has a gift for teaching and inspiring. Through her enormous respect and gentle care for the children she introduces us to, we are able to gain a greater understanding and empathy with them. The memory the book leaves is of the incredible courage and dignity of those children. Poppies on the Rubbish Heap has become a classic amongst the broad range of literature now available about the sexual abuse of children. It deserves its reputation as essential reading for all those with an interest in the field.
Helena Kennedy QC
Praise for the Previous Edition 'I wept and smiled and put the book down, finally, completely filled with admiration.'