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Publisher's Summary

Ireland, 1959. Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well: his mother's death in childbirth. 

The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders. 

As Christy struggles with his new classmates, he starts to question who he is and where he belongs. But then the discovery of an old newspaper photograph, and a long-buried secret, changes his life for ever. 

©2010 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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"A full-throated song of praise. I loved it." (Sherman Alexie)

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I found this fascinating - such an insight into the lives of those born on the move - beautiful story and exceptional narrator

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  • kim
  • 24-10-2020

Brilliant

Really loved this, the story the narration everything about it I have nothing negative to say, a wonderful book

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  • SR
  • 29-09-2020

Superb

I loved everything about this book. Jeanine Cummins writes so well that one can get into the heart of the character. There's lots of humour in the way he describes things, so I smiled a lot. The narration completed it and made it the heart-warming story it is . I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much had I read it on pages. Congratulations on a very well done piece of work!

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  • Claire Gilbert
  • 17-01-2021

Great Book

Absolutely loved this story and also the narrator. The best narrator I've listened to so far on audible by a country mile.

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  • KAREN
  • 07-01-2021

Captivating

Oh my, I haven’t enjoyed a book as much as this one in a long time. The narrative pace is just right, the narrator is perfect and the story is magical, funny, tragic and entirely believable. I wish it were longer.

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  • Susan Cooper
  • 17-03-2021

Excellent book, so impressed and surprised..

This author is amazing - I didnt look her up after listening to my first Audible listen by her (American Dirt) and tbh didnt realise for a while The Outside Boy WAS the same author, she is so talented and versatile!! .. this story is so well told and so well narrated I was totally entranced, i found it entirely engaging, right from the very start - it is lovely and funny and sensitive and sad and, did I say funny... Loved it, didnt feel like it was long enough a book which is always a good sign👍👍👍.. Enjoy!

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  • Karen Dearnaley
  • 13-02-2021

Very enjoyable!

A very interesting story and excellent narration. Funny in some parts and sad in others. My only slight criticism is that some of the chapters were a bit drawn out with too much description. Highly recommended

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  • Sigrin
  • 12-02-2021

The romany boy Christy

After listening to the outstanding book American dirt by the same author, I thought I would try something else by Jeannine Cummins.
This book does not disappoint, beautiful and descriptive prose and the narrator with his soft spoken Irish accent bought this to full life so it was almost palpable.
The summary says it all so I will not try and tell you anything else, without spoiling it.
Highly recommend.

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  • R. A. Chitty
  • 11-09-2021

outstanding

absolutely loved this book! beautifully written, descriptions are outstanding. narrator is perfect! gentle yet so raw!

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  • Sarah Reynolds
  • 01-09-2021

Beautiful written, wonderful story

Almost gave up on this at the start as seemed to go on about something unimportant but glad I didn’t. This is a fascinating and beautiful story about recognising and calling our differences.
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  • Alexis Perkins
  • 28-08-2021

Great narration of a great story.

Really enjoyed this book. Decided to listen to it after American Dirt by the same author. Thought the narrator was great which added to the enjoyment!

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