Intro : Taboo is a nonfiction book by Thomas Piggott. I received a copy of this book from the publicist for a review.
Amazon Synopsis :
Set in the Midlands during the 1970’s, Taboo tells the harrowing true story of the brutal abuse Thomas Piggott suffered and the childhood that was so heartlessly stolen from him as a result. It also follows him into adulthood, highlighting how the pain and emotional damage caused by these attacks blighted his relationships, his career and his life in general, long after they had stopped.
Review : Taboo is a tiny book. My epub copy came at 78 pages. That is, to be honest, both a good and a bad thing.
The first time I heard of this book, I assumed, correctly as it turned out, what the subject matter could be. But it is about more than that, more than child abuse only. The description of that part is dealt with in the early chapters. What this book is also about, as the synopsis indicates, are his struggles in life later on.
The book takes us through Thomas’s childhood and how the lack of a father figure made him susceptible to abuse. Events are not glossed over as the author, despite the horror of revisiting those dark times of his life, tries to tell us what and how exactly things happened. He laments the fact that no one saw the signs at the time.
The latter chapters of the book detail how he has been fighting a battle with depression that threatened to disrupt his family and life.
His grouse with society, and it keeps coming up repeatedly, is that we, as a society, either don’t believe a victim of abuse and depression, or choose to bury our heads in sand and imagine the same won’t happen to anyone we care about.
Sample this :
One of the most ignorant things is when you try to tell someone about your hurt and feelings, many people will change the subject without listening, that is something I was about to find out.
Verdict : Taboo is an important book in the discussion around child abuse and mental illness. Its brevity is an added bonus.
Genre : Memoir, Autobiography
Reading Guide : The subject matter and the details make for a difficult read, obviously. Brace for that when you start this.
Where to Buy:
Other regions -https://www.amazon.com/Taboo-Thomas-Piggott/dp/153687275X
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐1/2
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Thanks for reading.