What’s it like to be brought up in a cult?

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What’s it like to be brought up in a cult?: Can you imagine what it’s like to grow up with 200 mothers and 200 fathers, all dressed in orange?

Life inside communes fascinates most of us, but how do the children of those who choose to live in them cope?

When he was six years old, Tim Guest’s mother took him to live in a commune in Suffolk, where members practised Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy and sexual freedom.

Tim Guest and his mother, Anne Geraghty join Jenni to talk about RealPlayer File the 10 years they spent in various communes, the bruising effects this had on their relationship and how they overcame this.

My Life in Orange by Tim Guest, published by Granta on 15 January, ISBN 1862076324

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