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Chat Specials Best Of 4 2018

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

All of us are capable of achieving extraordinary things, and we love reminding all you lovely readers of that. Kristian (pg47) was at the theatre about to watch a show, but before the curtains went up, he saved someone’s life! Denise (pg34) had spent her whole life hiding what she thought was an embarrassing secret. After struggling at school – she’d never learnt to read. But now bedtime stories with her grandchildren are the highlight of her day. There’s been utter heartbreak for Maria (pg32) who loved being pregnant at the same time as her sister, but tragically only one baby came home from the hospital. The importance of having support through a difficult time is something Laura knows a great deal about (pg10). During her battle with bowel cancer, her fiancé Stephen was…

5 min
while i was sleeping

Julie McKinlay, 38, Greenock Squeezing my Auntie Margaret tight, I gave her a kiss… ‘Goodbye,’ I said. ‘And thank you.’ Then I headed off to start a brand new life with my mum and step dad, Thomas Gray. I was 10-years old and had lived with Auntie Margaret, my mum’s aunt, since I was five. I wasn’t really sure why, I just knew that Mum had struggled to cope with both me and my brother Charles, who’d been a year old at the time. It had been hard for me at first. Confusing. Why do I have to live elsewhere when my baby brother can stay at home with Mum? I wondered. But Auntie Margaret had showered me with love and kindness So I’d been happy. Only, when Charles was around five-years-old, I heard he’d moved back in with his…

2 min
in it together

Then, just days later, I was contacted by the police. ‘More evidence has emerged against Thomas Gray,’ they explained. ‘Would you give another statement?’ It turned out another lady had come forward. Another woman whose life had been left in tatters, like mine was. Then, my brother Charles admitted that Gray had sexually and physically abused him, too. Charles had been in rehab for drugs and alcohol. Now I knew why. My heart broke into pieces. Poor love had been molested between the ages of three and five. It was hard going over it all again with the police – but now that I was a mum myself, I was more determined than ever to make Gray pay for what he’d done and to protect other children from going through the same thing. Typically, the cowardly scumbag denied it…

2 min
all washed up

Peeking through the curtains, the sun beamed across the north Cornish coast. ‘The weather’s obliged!’ I smiled to my mum, Ann, 57. It was April last year, the morning of my wedding, and I couldn’t have been happier. Phil, 32, and I had met on match.com, and just four months later, we were engaged. While planning, Phil and I came up with something quite unique for our big day… And, after saying our vows in the church, I was ready to put our plan into action. ‘Have you brought them?’ I whispered to Phil. ‘They’re in the groomsman’s car,’ he winked. As our guests filed out of the church, I made an announcement. ‘Right then, to the beach!’ Then we paraded down to Trevone Beach with all our guests in tow. Reaching the sand, I hitched up my wedding dress…

2 min
hero hound

Jenny Deakin, 30, Brentford Sinking into the sofa with my pup, Lily-Rose, and plunging my hand into a packet of biscuits, I relaxed. This is the life, I thought to myself. It had been a long day and I was happy to sit back. Picking up my cup of tea, I started dunking. Lily-Rose, a papillon cross, was looking longingly at the chocolate biscuit I had in my hand. ‘These are not for you,’ I smiled to her. ‘You have your own treats!’ But as I was munching away, a large biscuit crumb suddenly got caught in the back of my throat. Suddenly my vision was blurry I coughed, thinking that would dislodge the chunk. But it didn’t. I coughed again, but it was no use. The crumb was well and truly lodged, and in the next few moments, I began to…

1 min
what a hoot!

A photographer captured the moment a cute owl played ‘peek-a-boo’ with him from inside a nearby tree. The bird of prey had a real hoot popping its head out of a tree stump before hiding back inside. The little owl spent more than 20 minutes playing with snapper Stephen Clark before flying out of its nest and landing on a nearby watering can. Stephen, 56, said: ‘I saw the owl sitting six feet up a tree, but when I began taking pictures, it kept hiding. It was doing this for about 20 minutes before flying out in front of me. I love taking photographs like this as I find it a very good stress reliever.’ The friendly owl is a resident at Andy Howells birds of prey centre in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Stephen, a battery design engineer from…