Life Term by Mark Allen

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Life Term


A six-year-old boy is sexually abused, at random, on a riverbank, with devastating consequences. His dysfunctional family are no help. As an adult, working as a psychiatric nurse, he is unexpectedly confronted with - and takes - the opportunity for revenge. Despite then forging a successful career in journalism and publishing, and despite his justifications of the act of revenge, the guilt and shame stay with him, corroding his relationships, and eventually erupting (in a moment of delusion) in a mindless act of violence which brings his life crashing down around him. The public disclosure of his past leads to prison, but also to a kind of resolution as he writes the story of his life.


  • Author: Mark Allen

  • Publisher: Colenso Books

  • Format: Paperback

  • Published: March 2021

Retail price £12.50

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