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A Novel Way to Support Victims of Abuse

Written by Chris Routledge, 31st January 2008

Caroline Smailes published her first novel In Search of Adam in 2007 to wide critical acclaim. Exploring themes of sexual abuse and self-harm, the book prompted many people to contact her to tell her of their own experiences.

Smailes decided to find a way to give something back to those whose lives have been touched by abuse and has written a novella, to be published as an ebook, asking only for donations to the charity One in Four in return. The charity offers support for people who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence. As a small organisation it desperately needs funds to continue its work. The novella is called Disraeli Avenue after the street in which In Search of Adam is set, and is a collection of short insights into the lives of the people living there.

Caroline’s publisher, The Friday Project is in full support. MD and Publishing Director Clare Christian said “This is a fantastic idea which will raise money for a very important cause and which will give fans of Caroline’s writing much pleasure at the same time.”

The Disraeli Avenue eBook will be available mid-February 2008 and can be downloaded from The Friday Project or from Caroline Smailes's own website. Here is the link to the charity One In Four again.


Caroline Smailes was born in Newcastle in 1973. She moved to the North West to study English Literature at Liverpool University before going on to specialise in Linguistics. A chance remark on a daytime chat show caused Caroline to reconsider her life. She enrolled on an MA in Creative Writing in September 2005 and began to write her first novel, In Search of Adam, which was published by The Friday Project in 2007. Her second novel, Black Boxes, will be published in July 2008.

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