A WRITER from Fernhill Heath hopes his book which tells the story of his experiences of living with violent parents can inspire others to face up to their fears.
Dave White’s book, called ‘Life Without…’, has received high praise from critics and it has already become a top ten best-seller on Amazon.
The true story, which was published earlier this year, tells of the horrors of growing up in a violent family home and reveals the bullying Dave experienced in the army.
Although his 12-year career also brought the pain and loss of war, the 43-year-old found the determination to fight back and win respect.
And the Droitwich Road resident, who now works as an electrical mechanical engineer in Evesham, told the Observer he hoped readers would see that even when things seem to be falling apart there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
“A good proportion of the book is dedicated to my childhood. Once I reach 13 it then skips a few years to when I joined the army where I had my greatest achievement as I became a boxing champion and made an attempt to join the SAS,” he said.
“It is quite a harrowing story and it was not enjoyable to write, but it has got a point at the end of how you can go through a hard life and find good at the end of it.”
Dave, who has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since the age of 13, said he had also found writing as a way of dealing with his issues as he considers penning another book.
“Back in 1992, I was sent to army jail for about six months and my defending officer could see that I was a troubled boy and he said there are people like me who find it difficult to talk about bad memories but find it easier to write about them and I have been using that as my own therapy ever since,” he added.
“There has been talk about me into writing a follow up, but because the first book goes from beginning to end what I will try to do is write an accompaniment to it as I have left a lot of open questions which I would like to answer.”