Coming far since that timid kid, who fought to get noticed in a big family. I’ve had amazing times, and many more adventures than most, and for that, I am grateful. I don’t look at life as a hardship. It’s not what happens to you in life, it’s how you deal with it.

S J Briggs



Tall in the face of Adversity tells the story of S J Briggs. A man who grew up from humble beginnings within a military family. He endured years of child abuse from his schoolteacher and Peter Righton, founder of PIE, Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s.

Briggs enlisted in the army, was wounded in action, living homeless in London, built a business and finally faced his abuser in courts forty years after the incident.

Brutally honest, Briggs’ unbiased account will bring tears to the eyes of readers. It is a tale about a soldier’s incredible bravery and the scars he bore for years as a child abused by people who should have protected him.


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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it: tears and joy.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2020.

Amazing life story. True life adventure, from hardship to a happy ending. God bless you, and may your future be joyous.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2021.

Brilliant story

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Malcolm Creegan

5.0 out of 5 stars A top quality read from start to finish from family life as a wee lad to now.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2021.

What a story of Steve’s life. What can I say? But there was laughter and sadness. The difficulties of life, and the struggle and the achievement. This is a good friend of mine whom I will always call bruv. If you want a good read, go for this.

Garry Cassidy

5.0 out of 5 stars. Life’s struggles overturned.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2021

Great read from start to finish. Life’s up and downs thrown at a man who fought onwards.


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