Bridge Across My Sorrows : The Christina Noble Story Paperback
Christina Noble's story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of deprivation and abuse on a scale that most would find unimaginable.
Her childhood in the Dublin slums barely merits the name: after the early death of her mother, her family was split apart, her alcoholic father unable to care for his children.
Christina was sexually abused and later escaped from an orphanage to live in poverty on the streets of Dublin.
Whilst in an abusive marriage, in a dream she found the will to fight.
Christina's hope lay in a determination to work among the bui doi, the street children of Vietnam, and this was the starting point for the most extraordinary part of her story.
Within two years of arriving in Ho Chi Minh City she had opened a medical and social centre and achieved worldwide fame.
Outspoken, often angry, yet profoundly moving, Bridge Across my Sorrows is one of the most inspirational stories ever told.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 14/02/2013
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781848548404
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Review by DebbieMcCauley
An inspiring book about a woman who has endured much. Growing up poverty-stricken in Dublin the family lives under the cloud of their fathers alcoholism and resulting domestic violence. Her mother dies when the children are still very young and her father abandons them. They are separated and end up in Catholic orphanages where Christina is again mistreated. Later Christina suffers a violent rape at the hands of four men and then marriage to a man who abuses her, resulting in her admission to a mental health hospital. Many years later she manages to leave her husband and follow her dream of helping the street children of Vietnam. What she has achieved is remarkable.