By Tony Diamond

A Pebble On The Beach Uncut

A Pebble on the Beach is the true story of one boy’s ability to survive. Growing up in Brighton, England, Tony was subjected to a childhood of physical, mental and sexual abuse – including electric shock treatment at the age of ten – abandoned by his family at fifteen, and sent to Australia to fend for himself. Unable to settle, wandering from place to place, he plotted his return to England, but an ill-fated attempt to stow away led to imprisonment in New Zealand and his eventual deportation. Having visited four continents, survived four brushes with death and a journey of 30.000 miles, he arrived back in England profoundly changed – But were things at home any different?

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Tony Diamond

Tony Diamond was brought up in England, East Sussex on a Hove council estate in the 1950’s and 60’s. He had an unusual family life. The man who Tony thought was his father wasn’t, the real one lived two doors away. His behaviour got him into trouble at an early age; at ten years old he was given Electro-Convulsive Therapy. He was later disowned by his family and sent into the care of Barnardos, they sent him to work on a farm in Australia.

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Thank you very much for sending me a copy of Pebble on The Beach. My Goodness, you have been through the mill! Well done for all of it and for managing to turn it into a very inspirational read.

– Fiona Phillips X

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