Cut by Cathy Glass


By Cathy Glass

  • Release Date: 2008-08-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 154 Ratings
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Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.


Reviews for ‘Damaged’:

'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net

‘Heartbreaking.' The Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’ The Sun

'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK!

‘Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass’s book should change all that.****’ First Magazine

‘A hugely touching and emotional true tale.’ Star Magazine

About the author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.


  • Heart Breaking

    By Wtf143
    For Cathy still only being new to the foster world Dawn was a good eye opener to just how broken the children can be,this book brought tears to my eyes,her books are my favourite to read I recommend this book (as all Cathy's books) to everyone that will listen.
  • Cut! Wow!!!

    By Hanny 21
    Fantastic. I read this book in 2 days a record for me! I cried, in both sadness and in happiness! I want more!
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    By Baiandnicksmum
    Great book and great writer
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    By Little Cath
    Love reading these stories by a remarkable lady!!
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    By Kinley4285
    Great read thanks
  • Great book

    By Xxzz1133
    Really good book, very sad !!
  • Amazing

    By Jadey1983
    An amazing story told by an equally amazing writer I started reading the book and couldn't put it down finishing the book in less than 24 hours. I am left hooked in- do not want to spoil anything for other readers
  • Tear-jerker

    By Crittie Roberts
    Unbelievable! You won't be able to put this one down Cathy has got me wanting more I got another of her books as soon as I finished this one. If you like memoirs you will really appreciate this book.
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    By jayn1e
  • Unimaginable

    By Virgodryl
    I cried. And cried. I cried with happiness, sadness and everything in the middle. Very, very talented writer and talented people. I wish Dawn all the best out of life and a little bit of the next guys.