ABOUT Heather Taylor

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Heather Taylor is a wife, mother and ‘children’s champion’. She was born and reared in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, N Ireland. Up until 2007 she describes her life as sometimes full, sometimes half empty. Ups and downs like everyone else but pretty ok really. Heather is an ex-teac More...


Heather was a long time teacher. Not just any old teacher, but a teacher for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Always their champion, she begins her story with the fun and games of her career. She loved her job. She loved the children she taught.

How do you lose the job you loved in the blink of an eye? How do you feel when the children you cherished and cared for are lost to you? What happens when a disturbed child makes a false allegation against you? How do you prove you’re not guilty when you are innocent? Heather had a successful career of thirty one years as a teacher, something she was passionate about – improving the lives of children everyday schools couldn’t cope with until one day her head called her in to his office and told her that one of the children had made an allegation against her. This was the start of her nightmare which led her eventually after six long months of waiting and growing disbelief to the interview room in the police station, to sessions with a psychiatrist and to thoughts of suicide. Severe depression became a fact of life. Life became an endless ladder and Heather was always going down. Some days faster than others. This is the agonising account of the ship wreck of one person’s life where tenacity and a refusal to give in have led to the writing of this incredible but true story.

view by: Christine M on June 23, 2011 : star star star star star 
This book is an amazing read. It is a moving account of what it is like to be falsely accused of hitting a child and then to feel over-whelmed by depression. Heather writes passionately about her teaching and you can see clearly the profound effect on her sense of identity when this is taken away from her. She lets us into the pain and confusion of mental distress, and how this takes over her life. I have nothing but admiration for the person she is and how eloquently she writes.

I think this book should be on reading lists at university for those who want insight into mental distress and depression.
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Review by: JoPawson on June 14, 2011 : star star star star star 
This is a brilliant read as Heather conveys the realities of teaching in todays world where the pupil is always innocent and the teacher always guilty until proven innocent.It is an Incredibly moving true story of a teacher who was truly dedicated to the teaching profession and to the children she saw as a privilege to teach.
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Review by: Kristina Howells on June 12, 2011 : star star star star star 
A very good book, that depicts the state of education in out schools. As an ex school teacher I can sympathise with the writer. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is in the profession.