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"Parent abuse can take on many different forms, from physical, emotional, and verbal, to financial abuse."
—Lou Purplefairy

Maddie's story raises the time-honored question of nature vs. nurture.

Parents abused by adult children suffer silently, shamed to the marrow by words, moods, acts, and blows that pierce through their imagined bubble of safety and kidnap any notions they had of sharing a mutually loving relationship with their children.

Maddie loved her daughters unconditionally . . . until, as a financially depleted and physically bruised senior citizen, she was forced to cut ties permanently with her adult descendants. Maddie's cruel and dysfunctional upbringing prompted her to smother her children with love, to soften the blows of life, even when consequences would have been a healthier, more effective choice.
• Were Maddie's children tailored from the fabric of her soft heart to abuse and take advantage of their mother, despite her enduring passion to love and support them . . . regardless of the consequences?
• Or were they impelled to abuse their mother because of biochemical disorders and volatile eruptions in their neural centers?

Perhaps Maddie's children were born out of a fragile fusion of the two. In this book you will feel Maddie's turmoil as her callous children—who do all they can to hold power over her bottomless well of love—develop into brutal adults, and you will applaud her courage when she finally pushes shame aside and reaches her climactic end point.


Meet Lucia Mann
Journalist and novelist Lucia Mann is an inspirational writer and social activist. Her books and writings are recognized internationally, and she is well known as one of the leading advocates for the abolition of human trafficking and slavery.

After retiring from journalism, Lucia moved to rural in British Columbia, Canada, where she has been writing prolifically giving voice to those who have suffered, and still suffer, the brutalities of war and social injustice. Her books and writings are relevant and often shocking, but they shine an important light on the ongoing worldwide struggles.
About Lucia Mann
Lucia Mann PhotoLucia Man is Sicilian-bred, born in British Colonial South Africa in the wake of WWII. She is a citizen of Britain and Canada who recently applied for a U.S. Green Card because she believes she is an American at heart. She was educated in London, England and retired from freelance journalism in 1998.

After suffering from racial prejudice most of her early life because she was part Italian and part South African, she saw and felt firsthand the pain and suffering of those who were thought to be inferior because of the color of their skin. Her mission is to end prejudice and slavery now and in the future.

A woman was recently sentenced to 140 months in prison after using two Nigerian immigrants as personal unpaid servants in her luxury home in Atlanta, Georgia. A few days later, two Ukrainian brothers were convicted of smuggling desperate villagers into the United States to work long hours, cleaning retail stores and office buildings at little or no pay. The prosecuting U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, Daniel Velez, said it was “modern-day slavery. It’s hiding in plain sight.” However, according to a woman who lived through the racial prejudice, segregation and slavery in post-World War II Europe, the slavery crisis in the modern world is far greater than that. “Anyone who thinks slavery died when America abolished it in the 1800s has a shock coming to them,” said Lucia Mann, whose mother was a sex slave and a WWII concentration camp survivor.

Lucia Mann PhotoMann, a former journalist and author of Africa's Unfinished Symphony, A Veil of Blood Hangs Over Africa, and Rented Silence—a novel about slavery and racial prejudice based on her life experiences and those of other persecuted souls she witnessed says, “According to the United Nations, there are more than 27 million slaves worldwide, which are more than twice the number of those who were enslaved over the 400 years that transatlantic slavers trafficked humans to work in the Americas. Many are forced into prostitution while others are used as unpaid laborers used to manufacture goods many of us buy in the U.S.

In fact, it’s almost impossible to buy clothes or goods anymore without inadvertently supporting the slave trade.” Mann said that the crisis extends far greater than in the African and Asian nations typically associated with slavery or indentured servitude. “After the hurricane in Haiti, the economy was so devastated, with as many as 3,000 people sold into slavery right there in their own country,” she added. “It affects all racial groups and slaves come from every single continent on the planet. The irony is that there are more slaves now that slavery is illegal than there were when it was a legal part of international commerce. Moreover, because of its illegal nature, it’s practically impossible to track and contain. It’s not a matter of how to stop it. It’s a matter of how we even begin to address it.”

One of the reasons Mann wrote her book was to establish an awareness of the problem, so that people could have a frame of reference for action. “The wrongs of the past as well as the present must continue to be exposed so that they can be righted in the present and future,” Mann added. “This means educating society about evil and injustice and motivating them to take steps to ease others’ pain and anguish. The key is to get people aware of it, and then let them know what they can do to end the practice. In America, the first thing we need to do is address our own consumer habits. To help, the United Nations has created an online and mobile phone application to help people track if what they buy is supporting slavers.”

Lucia Man at Book SigningMann said the awareness and concern of the American people are the first steps to ending slavery around the world. “If there is no money to be made from enslaving people, it will end,” she said. “Many innocent people become the victims of viciousness or the prey of prejudice. While fear and anger are filling the cells and souls of innocents, the rest of us can bolster their spirits and lighten their load by having the guts to fight their fight and the heart to bring hope to humanity. Courage and commitment are powerful weapons, and we should not hesitate to use them against the dishonorable people of the world.”

CBC_logo_200In 2011, Lucia Mann was given the Bronze Award by "Character Building Counts Book Awards," in recognition of her of raising of awareness of human trafficking, through her many writings and publications.


Lucia Mann wears proudly her ethnic mix.

Born in British colonial South Africa, she has both British and Canadian citizenship and is now trying to become an American citizen. And yet she considers herself Sicilian since that is the land of her ancestors and that is the culture she upholds.

A journalist by profession, Mann has devoted herself to uncovering the hard, ugly truths of modern slavery. Human trafficking has become an international problem. Reports are many, and seemingly increasing every day, of young woman from the poorest regions of continents transported to other countries, mostly in the west, where they are forced into prostitution.

Mann has written several books on the issue and now has added a work of fiction to her efforts; one that encompasses her Sicilian heritage, titled The Sicilian Veil of Shame.

A compelling novel that gives us Sicily’s past and present, The Sicilian Veil of Shame details aspects of the international slave trade. The story centers on Brianna, who searches for her mother Lynette, only to find her in Sicily living on the estate of grandmother, Maria Genovese. Both Lynette and Maria suffer similar fates. Lynette, abandoned in South Africa as a child, was abused by those who were her guardians. As for Maria, she who was kidnapped in the village of Solcchiata when she was 10 years old. Her father, the local Mafia don, refused to pay ransom, and Maria was forced into servitude. The story is important in light of the issue of international trafficking as the cycle of abuse often affects generations in a family of victims.

How to make peace with the past is Brianna’s struggle. She must delve into the circumstances of her grandmother’s abduction in order to understand the underlying estrangement of her family. All the while, Sicily beckons her with its pristine landscape and folkways. The author conveys Brianna’s feelings while driving through the Sicilian countryside. “Brianna was awed by the serene surroundings. Beneath a clear blue sky, late afternoon light carpeted the landscape with a kaleidoscope of hues: straw-colored fields, orange and yellow citrus groves, and earth-brown nut orchards. Sheep dotted the hillside, their heads bent as they grazed happily. A shepherd boy sat on a rock watching over them.”

The author continues the great tradition of historical fiction in informing and enlightening readers of important social issues through the experiences of engaging characters.

The Sicilian Veil of Shame is an engrossing work that springs forward, headlong, into uncovering the underbelly of forced servitude.
—Primo Magazine

Award-winning author, Lucia Mann was born in South Africa, and is a citizen of Britain and Canada. She was educated in London, retired from freelance journalism in 1998, and is the author of four other novels. She has herself been a victim of racial prejudice, she is a humanitarian, an anti-human trafficking activist, and her mission is to end prejudice and slavery now and in the future. She is the founder of The Modern Day Slavery Reporting Center at

From the moment you start reading this powerful chronicle of the life of Madeline Clarke, you are transported into her world, one which, from as a very young girl, is full of helplessness, betrayal, terror, bewilderment and fear. However, through the whole of this often heartrending story, there lies underneath a powerful person, one who has incredible inner strength and who, against all odds, manages somehow to pick herself up and carry on, even when the world and her own family turn against her.

The very fact that, although fictional, this story is based on facts makes it even more horrifying, especially that a young girl of mixed parenthood is abandoned in a South African Convent and then, whilst there, is subjected at the tender age of nine to a tubectomy. If this is not bad enough, not many years after, because of racism, she is kicked out of her country of birth and found herself living on the streets of Milan.

Salvation seemingly appears one day in the shape of Englishman David Blakely. Caring and kind, he seems like the answer to her prayers, until his true character is revealed and she finds herself living in his mother’s house as nothing better than a unpaid servant. However, the real character of this manipulative and controlling man is horrifyingly revealed when she suffers the first of her miscarriages and discovers that her childhood operation had been botched; his cruel uncaring nature is revealed, and she is mentally and physically abused.

Very early on we discover that Maddie has a ‘mind camera and video recorder’ to remember incidents, and that she has recurring dreams about the young Jewish exile girl Lela, and her love Hassam an Muslim Arab. However, it is not until the very end of the story that their relevance is truly revealed.

As the years go by, we follow Maddie’s traumatic life and are horrified by the things she has to cope with alone. After the birth of her first daughter Joanne, she leave David and has several serious relationships where she trusts completely that the person will be ‘the one,’ and is then hurt repeatedly. Her heartbreak is palpable when she miscarries, and I think it is truly amazing that she had the resilience and strength to carry on. Yet, she does find some true friends and people who care about her, and this she deserves. Her life takes a turn for the better when it is discovered that she has genius IQ and she is recruited by Security Service, Section 5, the antiterrorist squad. This new job requires her to change her name, and taking her daughter Mary-Jean with her, she is hired out and relocated to a U.S. nuclear submarine base known as Site ONE, Holy Loch.

Every parent knows that the teenage years can be difficult, and girls can be spiteful, but the sheer torture Mary-Jean and the mentally unstable third daughter Mara put Maddie through is horrendous! That Maddie can forgive them countless times for the rest of her life for the physical and mental harm they do to her and the lies they tell her is incredible in my opinion, but forgive them she does.

As a fly on the wall, traveling through this rollercoaster of a life with Maddie, what shines through is the incredible fortitude she has, and it is truly fantastic that, following a visit to a ninety-year old spiritual man, Haida Gwaii of British Columbia, in 2018 she finally reclaims her life and finds the strength to make the needed changes to her life.

In Summary: This is the incredible story about the life of an amazing woman who, against all odds, ‘survives’ terrible things and, happily, despite everything, eventually finds peace and love. Highly recommended.
—Susan Keefe,

Author and journalist Lucia Mann has created a dark, twisting fable of a woman’s trials and tribulations for sins she never committed.

The novel’s heroine, Maddie, is a child of rape, born in apartheid South Africa, daughter of an acceptably light-skinned father and an unacceptably dark Italian mother. It seems her birth is an augury of the strained, bizarre and often wretched life that is to come. As a young teen she is sent back to Italy, but after being robbed, she is waylaid by a psychopathic young man who sees in her the perfect victim, almost his personal slave. The couple settle in England, where she has been smuggled, possessing no legal papers. With him, though they have a life of mostly mute hatred, she has two daughters. From an early age her daughters, whom she loves with all her heart, begin to malign her, perhaps influenced by their evil father. A third daughter from another relationship only compounds the issues, seeming not only to despise her mother but also to be afflicted with many layers of mental illness. Throughout her child raising years Maddie, who has a very high IQ, ekes out an existence at menial jobs, at one time working as a servant or slave to a fortunately kindly couple. A doctor befriends her and others see her worth as time passes. Eventually she finds decent work first as a journalist, then as a spy, utilizing her multiple languages and high intelligence finally to gain more than basic subsistence. When she meets Hernando, she believes her problems are over, but her daughters will not leave her in the peace she feels she’s earned.

Mann’s life has many parallels to her central character: like Maddie she was born in South Africa of Italian heritage and migrated to Canada where she worked as a journalist. Mann is a noted advocate for the rights of those treated unfairly because of their skin color and an upstanding spokesperson against international slavery and prejudice wherever found. She writes her story in multi-layered flashbacks, skillfully, one could say painfully, depicting the agonies and ever-present dangers that append to women without legal status. Like Maddie they are often assumed to be prostitutes, prey to slavers and other domineering males, and rarely able to establish themselves comfortably for very long. Mann also examines a rare form of abuse: that of parents by their children.

One senses that Mann’s novel was conceived in her own private pain and myriad memories, so well does she convey her heroine’s many sufferings to her readers. Many women will identify with some aspect of Maddie’s troubled trail, and will want to read more from this competent, empathic writer.—Pacific Book Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story of perseverance
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
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The life of Madeline Clark as portrayed in Addicted to Hate provides readers with an exciting, although sometimes somber perspective on the power of hardship. It today’s hyper connected world, a great asset for everyone can be resilience and internal power which Madeline displays perfectly throughout her turbulent story. With this, the author does a great job of capturing the moment of despair experienced by the main character and showing that inner strength can propel anyone through hardship. The overall message of the book is easy to relate to and the author does a fantastic job in telling the story with a theme of resilience in mind.

All and all the story is quite enjoyable to read. Although somewhat opposite the title “Addicted to Hate”, the book can be a truly heartwarming read and help bring perspective to a world that can feel overwhelming. Despite having been born in an apartheid environment fueled by racism, Madeline finds perseverance in her life and continues to face life challenges head on. These challenges ranging from rape to abuse and theft, would crush the aspirations of many individuals around the world. Yet, it’s heartwarming to see a story of perseverance come from Madeline’s actions and attitude in life which can be a perfect example of finding a deeper meaning in life to push through hardship. I highly recommend this story for anyone going through a hardship in life and looking for a positive revamp to their daily lives. Sometimes the best thing we can do is learn from others and the protagonist in this story does a great job of leading by example. Highly recommend!

5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to Hate by Lucia Mann
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
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Well here is something to talk about. Well something that needs to be talked about. The book Addicted to Hate by Lucia Mann came into my life at a particular time, which is that not the case. But, I have recently been having conversations with a Professor about racism and race relations in America in general. My stance on the subject is that political correctness is good and fine. But, it will only get us through the day, it will not get us through the year, or much less the decade or century. We as a culture of have many offensive and troubling conversations to have. And Lucia Mann has crafted a narrative on of those such subjects. We very much do not like to have the conversation of abuse, even though we are all aware of it. We want to find reasons for it and sometimes there are but more often than not they are not easy answers. And the subject matter here of children abusing their parents is one especially difficult subject for us socially, culturally, and probably just naturally for us to tackle, but it must be done in the sake of seeking justice and fairness for all.
Mann’s narrative follows Maddie, a woman that has had no easy life, born of rape, and not even haunted by the events of South Africa’s apartheid, but having to live out that horror story. A chance to escape to Italy, which any person unders such persecution would take in a heartbeat. But, this was an out of the frying pan, into the fire situation for Maddie as she goes from being a second or even third class citizen in her home country to being an indentured servant on good days and a straight up slave the rest of the time. Along this path Maddie did have three daughters, and Mann raises the question if the daughters were made or created into abusers, the abuse ranges from emotional to even financial abuse, something no one is talking about but we really should be.
So I have to say that Addicted to Hate by Lucia Mann is a very important book that needs to be read and many more like it need to be read and written. Awareness is the first step in fixing these issue.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a heart wrenching story with an abundance of love
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
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This story store at my heart. Maddie a child born in South Africa, an orphan who was chastised for her dark Latino skin was subjected to such cruelty by the orphanage. Given a botched surgery to tie her tube so she could not produce anymore of her so called kind. She was not wanted by her own country, nor any other country. Being left alone in by her caretaker in another country to fend for herself. Suffering at the hands of her first husband's verbal and physical abuse, losing 3 children out of six.

Maddie loved her last three children with all her heart, only to be hated and abused by all three of her remaining children. Her second husband having an affair and divorcing her, leaving her once again to fend for herself and children. Maddie also had to contend with numerous medical problems.

But Maddie never gave up on her children or herself. She was extremely intelligent and spent many years as a code breaker for Great Britian. After being fired for having too many family problems, it was then that she met her third husband who was the love of her life.

While it was heartbreaking to see so much hatred and cruelty that Maddie had to endure from people, countries and loved ones, her lack of hatred towards any of them spoke volumes to Maddie's character and her strength. It was only at the end of the book did the great shaman reveal insights to her three remaining childrens incarnate souls that gave you a better understanding as to the hatred her children had for her.

This is a very moving book to read.

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Carol James
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Reviewed in Canada on December 7, 2018
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Such a powerful title promises the same riveting plot and strong prose as witnessed in previous four books by Lucia Mann, all of which I have enjoyed reading. Fast paced and no punches pulled, this author tells all with a raw passion for her topic. Book just arrived and the first pages already promise not to disappoint. Thank you Lucia Mann for sharing your journey with us and exposing us to the power of love, and our need for peace.