I’m not entirely sure where to start with this review if I’m honest. I don’t want to say I enjoyed it or I thought it was amazing because the story is true and incredibly moving. Before you go any further, I just want to put a warning on this review as it will mention mental health issues and sexual abuse.

Taboo tells the story of Thomas Piggott; the abuse he suffered as a child and the devastating effect this has had on his adult life. This book will leave you speechless in the blunt and honest retelling of Piggott’s struggles.

First off, I feel it’s necessary to point out how important it is male abuse survivors and mental health sufferers speak out about their struggles. Statistically, men are less likely to speak out and more likely to commit suicide. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to tell a story like this, let alone with the stigma surrounding male abuse survivors.

One part of the book really stood out to me: the way we treat people has a bigger impact than anyone can truly realise. Obviously, child abuse is a lot more extreme than saying something rude to someone and will have a much bigger impact, but the principle still stands.

“If a car can be repaired back to a good condition, why can that not be done with a human being?”

Autobiographies aren’t really the sort of book that I go for unless it’s a celebrity I really like, but I’m really glad I read this book as it’s opened my eyes! I recommend giving it a read as it will not only move you but give you a greater understanding of child abuse survivors.

To buy this book click here!


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