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Gypsy Boy

Narrated by: Mikey Walsh
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Mikey's family were Gypsies. They live in a closed community and little is known about their way of life. As he didn't go to school, the caravan became his world. But although Mikey inherited a vibrant culture, his family had a dark hidden history. Eventually Mikey was forced to make a decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong.

©2009 Mikey Walsh (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Carole Tonks
  • 30-01-2019

A moving read

This book touched me ..I laughed, I cried ... it starts a little slow, but keep reading.

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  • Tanuki
  • 18-10-2018

Gritty and REAL

This book has really left an impact on me.
It is intense to listen to his voice recounting the often horrible situations and abuse he suffered BUT he has also provided a generous helping of comic relief and anecdotes that really help you get to know his family and himself. I felt so angry at times for the little boy he was I often found my self cussing out loud in my car as I listened and then just a moment later he’d have me laughing.
He survived so much and accomplished something incredible.
It’s definitely not your typical autobiography, I loved it.
I enjoy works of James Patterson, Michael Crichton, Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson. If you do as well, I highly recommend this piece.
His narration is fantastic and I never had any difficulty recognizing which person was speaking.

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  • Elsa
  • 12-09-2017

Love!

gripping, emotional, real and raw. one of the best memoirs I've ever read. but it, read it and fall in love.

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  • Deano
  • 26-06-2015

Gripping

Amazing story, I was drawn in, emotional roller coaster, very well narrated, I loved this book

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  • Marilyn
  • 20-07-2010

A really inspirational book

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.

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  • Charlotte
  • 17-11-2010

An Incredible Story of Strength and Love

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.

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  • Helen
  • 01-07-2010

Gypsy Boy

This is an amazing book with a fascinating insight into life as a gypsy and I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Karren
  • 11-01-2011

excellent listening

A marvellous listen. It gives a real insight into the gypsy life, both the good and the not so good. It is a very moving book

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  • Helen
  • 13-11-2010

What an insight

This book made me angry, cry, shout and turned my stomach but what a great story, not to be forgotten that it's real. Loved the fact the author narrates as well. Would recommend.

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  • Sharron
  • 30-07-2010

Gypsy Boy (Unabridged) Mikey Walsh

this story has every emotion you could imagine, laughter and sorrow, the style of story telling doesnt sugar coat anything, it describes it as Mikey lived, very cruel at times,

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  • N. Reid
  • 07-06-2015

Heartbreakingly honest

Fantastically well written and brilliantly read. This book is a heartbreakingly honest account of one boys experiences. Read it, or listen to it rather, this is a story that needs to be aired.

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  • Laura S
  • 30-03-2011

Grim!

While it was interesting to hear about the way of life and traditions of some gypsies/travelling people, I hadn't expected such a grim tale of domestic violence and child abuse. Gave up listening after the first few chapters as I found it too disturbing.

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  • Andy
  • 22-02-2011

Gypsy Boy

A moving touching autobiography.I found myself cheering him on out loud (not a good idea in Sainsbury's!) Absolutely brilliant,found it hard to tear myself away from it.

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  • andrew wright
  • 03-06-2010

Moving

Well narrated. Powerful story

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