‘Cult Sister’ recalls sect nightmare

ARTICLE FROM: THE HERALD

Exclusive Books is hosting the launch of Cult Sister by Port Elizabeth reflexologist and meridian therapist Lesley Smailes next week in Walmer.

Smailes spent 10 years in a sect in the US not long after leaving school and this book is her story.

She recounts how her lifestyle in a controversial religious group led to her living out of a backpack, having home births, living the “freeman” lifestyle, entering into an arranged marriage with a “Brother”, receiving harsh threats of losing her children and surviving in strange and glorious ways.

Cult Sister is told largely through a series of letters between Smailes and her mother. These letters, which paint an idyllic picture, stand in stark contrast to the unpleasant realities also portrayed in the book.

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