Matt Carey Books

Hi, I’m Matt.

I was sexually abused as an eight year old child.

A Small Boy Smiling is my story of how I overcame my demons and learned to love and laugh again as an adult.

I never set out to be an author. I only started writing as part of my therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

But when I realised, that by sharing my story, I could help other survivors of child sexual abuse, I just had to “go public.”

Not an easy decision I admit.

I do hope A Small Boy Smiling helps you on your self-healing journey.

You’re not alone,


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Don’t miss Matt on the Jeremy Vine Show

BBC Radio 2 - 1pm Friday 21 June 2019

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Listen again to Matt’s powerful

“Untold” story on BBC Radio 4

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
— Maya Angelou

A Small Boy Smiling

by Matt Carey

As a small boy Matt Carey loved to ride his bike, play football with friends and to laugh. He loved life and was always smiling. 

When he was just eight years old, he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened...not his parents, friends or family.

In his new book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, and post traumatic stress disorder.

His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of child sexual abuse to discover their own healing.

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A Wonderful Self-Help Book For Survivors Of Abuse And Addiction.
— Marcus Hoffman
A Small Boy Smiling gives me the courage to reach out. I know now that we can heal and find peace. We need to reach out more. It really helps yourself and others. We are all survivors.
— Miss Sharon Ashelford

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
— Henri Nouwen

Matt Carrey Inspirational Speaker

Having worked in the world of entertainment for over 25 years as a theatre manager, festival director and actor, Matt is an experienced and popular public speaker.

An expert in the field of both trauma and healing Matt is keen to share his experiences and insights as workshop leader, keynote speaker, and consultant.

Matt’s story has given me hope.
— Andreas

Media Enquiries

If you're a journalist with an interview request, please feel free to contact Matt using the dedicated press enquiries link below.

Thank you.

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You’re not alone
— Matt Carey