Words Can Describe

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Pan Macmillan, Apr 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

‘It is unusual to be charmed and horrified by alternate sentences, but this is Abi Grant’s gift as a writer . . . I cried, I laughed and then I cheered!’ Julian Clary

Everything in Abi Grant’s life changed the night a serial rapist broke into her flat and attacked her in her sleep. She fought back and the police were called, but despite a full investigation, they found nothing – even Crimewatch couldn’t help. Traumatized, she lost her job, then her flat. She took to drink. Her world fell apart.

But the police didn’t give up, and twelve years later – after re-examining the evidence – they found a fingerprint match . . Justice demanded that she go to trial to convict a violent criminal but, despite being a blameless victim, the extraordinary court battle that followed would change her life all over again.

Words Can Describe is the tale of one woman’s descent into despair, her journey back to hope, and the extraordinary people she met along the way. Abi’s words – often bitingly funny and always brutally honest – tell her remarkably moving story in her own powerful voice.

‘Vivid, frank and courageous . . . Many women will be grateful to Abi Grant for telling the truth at, I imagine, some cost to herself’ Joan Smith

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This isn't just a story about the trauma of rape. The author talks about her past, her family, about how the trauma helped her find her new life, about the system (in the UK), about never giving up and never losing hope. A good read. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Abi Grant is by profession a writer, for stage and TV, and contributes regularly to the Daily Telegraph. Her original piece on the rape case was a lead article for the Observer Magazine and as a result she received a vast mailbag.

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