Based on a true story

A story of suffering

A story of hope


“I don’t care about our daughter.” Words that echoed in my head; words I could not accept as possible; that nearly drove me to the grave.


Trevor Cooper shares his deeply personal and gripping story of parental alienation. The story of the uncontrolled chaos when a family is propelled into the “pinball machine” that is the family separation industry. Where ideology and profits spin the score to dizzy levels and the family, one by one, falls down the ball-return shoot unsure on if they will reappear.


Trevor Cooper

Author | Advocate

Trevor first started this book around 2011 whilst in the middle of a bitter separation. He experienced various tactics to ensure the relationship with his daughter was severed forever. The trauma of re-living much of what had occurred while writing this book meant that it has been put down several times.
What happened to drive Trevor to pick it back up and complete this book?


In domestic disputes, on custody, property, support and accusations of domestic violence, all are losers - even those who eventually win a protracted litigation. The PinBall Machine makes this - in harrowing detail - all too clear. A truly depressing tale with valuable suggestions for reform.

Krister Thelin, 

Chief Justice of Appeal (ret)

Former Member UN Human Rights Committee


What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It is a distinctive form of psychological abuse and family violence, towards both the child and the rejected family members, that occurs almost exclusively in association with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved.



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