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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906994323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906994327
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderful authenticity: I found it compelling --Jimmy McGovern

A remarkable first novel - both heartbreaking and wonderfully lacking in any sentimentality. --Alan Bleasdale

Deborah Morgan has managed to capture something very real about the profound seriousness of growing up and finding out, all too soon, that life is unfair. Robyn was great company, an engaging and fully-realised character who sticks in the mind, and the rough world she lives in is familiar and completely believable. Deborah Morgan gets it just right. --Carol Birch

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A moving tale of an imperilled childhood and a young girl's strength of will

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Dickinson on 2 Mar. 2012
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This is a truly heartbreaking novel, told from the perspective of ten-year-old Robyn. Living in a Liverpool tenement block and being made to steal from shops, Robyn witnesses the random violence of her father intensify, to the point where she feels she must leave and make her home, with other family members and friends.

Robyn is a believable narrator, who tells her story in a compelling and heartwarming way. Her relationship with other family members, particularly with her nan remain etched in your mind, long after you've finished reading. Her behaviour in the different environments - at school, at home, with friends - is beautifully and believably crafted. I became absorbed and felt like I was sharing Robyn's journey completely as she tried to create a home for herself.

Deborah Morgan captures the Robyn's innocence and naivety and we witness their slow twisting and warping by the adults around her. It is a very affecting novel and carries a profound emotional impact. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 2 Mar. 2012
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This is an excellent read.This is a story about Robyn,a ten year old girl whose grandmother tells her she doesn't have to be like her parents.In this dark yet touching novel,I enjoyed Robyn's company,how refreshing to find a young character who refuses to accept the hand she has been dealt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debutante on 18 July 2012
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A brilliant but painful story of a young girl (Robyn) growing up in a poor area of Liverpool in the 70's. The psychological and physical abuse was very well written and although elements of the story were close to home, I thought that the book was realistic without being sensationalised. Robyn's spirit and strength of character really shine through.

It isn't always a comfortable read, the subject matter is often truly awful but you find yourself rooting for Robyn to come out on top.

Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Johnson on 16 Mar. 2012
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Disappearing Home is a brilliant novel about a 10 year old girl named Robyn growing up in poverty in Liverpool. Badly abused and forced to steal in order to support her family, Robyn documents her hellish life matter of factly, in a heartbreakingly adult way. When her Father's abuse towards her and her mother begins to become unbearable, Robyn is forced to runaway from home.

The book is lovely, heartwarming and upsetting all at once, but it doesn't overplay the sadness or wallow in Robyn's situation. Her gritty character is shown in many arenas; school, home, with friends, and with nosy neighbours, showing all the different facets of life in poverty. Robyn and the circumstances she endures are so well presented and described that she stays with you long after you've finished the book.

I really enjoyed the book and its colourful characters, not least of all Robyn and her touching relationship with her Nan. It is believable, real and beautifully written with a perfect balance between darkness and humour.
Would recommend to everyone!
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Deborah Morgan's debut novel is an entertaining yet heart-wrenching story of youth alienation and domestic violence. An Oliver Twist tale of seventies Liverpool told with a sharpness akin to Raymond Carver that looks at life teetering on the poverty line. Trembling with great violence throughout and mottled with unlikely bursts of humour, Disappearing Home ultimately rings the alarm for women suffering in violent relationships.

Set in the tenement block and stoney yards of "Tommy Whites" -a close community now lost - the novel opens with 11 year-old Robyn being sent out to steal. In a sad twist, waiting for the stolen food are her parents. Developing a knack for stealing, her reputation spreads and she is soon hired by others to steal. Throughout the novel she unflinchingly takes the bait at school, more concerned about her life at home and more precisely the safety of her mother. Balancing the cold and brutal characters is the sympathetic and wise nan she enjoys reading to, but once the kindly nan moves out into a place of her own Robyn is left to fend for herself, swerving in and out of the violence that corners her daily life...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Stanton on 6 Mar. 2012
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This novel is so well written. Effortless, and, yes it does have dark elements to it, but it made me laugh too. Robyn has a great sense of humour, and the Nan character reminds me of my own grandmother. Very believable story and characters; a really thrilling read; I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish it in one go. It's one of the best reads I've had in ages.
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I bought this book and read it in two days. Since then i have read it another 2 times.

Deborah Morgan really keeps her audience throughout the book offering the reader many a chance to LAUGH. CRY, SHOUT, FEEL AFRAID, amongst others. I personally got lost in the book, i was excited to find out what was going to happen next with the characters, especially Robyn!!

As a student social worker reading the book i had a different view on the book, it educated me in the sense i was able to look at the characters and the situations in a different light whilst still feeling the same emotions. It had aspects of many real life social issues.

I highly recommend this book, I will never get tired of reading about Robyn and her family!!
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