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This must be one of the best books listened to this year. The author has an engaging style that is provocative, shocking, funny and educational. It is horrifying to hear how a young boy can be so cruelly abused by his family in the 1980s while at the same time slipping through the educational net. There appeared to be no support network available to support children like Mikey. His characterisations are wonderful. I really felt that I knew his mother who he loves dearly, his 'tough imaginative older sister Frankie and his Aunt Audrey. The pressures of growing up as a sensitive young boy in a gypsy community that equates masculinity with aggression is described in amazing detail as is the impact of repressed sexuality on many of the gypsy community at that time. The books takes the reader up to the present day and what really stands out is the enormous intelligence and resilience of the author. This is a must read/listen to book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I heard about this Audiobook when it was recommended by Stephen Fry on a TV show. I thought I would 'give it a go' as something different to listen to.
When I had reached the end, I sat in silence for over an hour with tears streaming down my face.
Not only is this a riveting insight into the World of a Gypsy, it's the most gut-wrenching, inspiring and beautiful story of one man's journey to happiness.
This is an absolute MUST listen.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
gripping, emotional, real and raw. one of the best memoirs I've ever read. but it, read it and fall in love.
Amazing story, I was drawn in, emotional roller coaster, very well narrated, I loved this book