Gloucester County Council
Best known as an actor and one of the BBC's Eggheads, few people would guess at the horrific early years C.J. de Mooi endured. As a teenager, he fled from his childhood home to escape prolonged child abuse, hatred and violence, and consequently slept rough for three years. He then sank to - and almost didn't survive - far worse depths than this before a bizarre stroke of luck came from a very surprising place. Here, he recounts his jaw-dropping life story in graphic detail and with astounding honesty
Available at Gloucester.