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Mikey Walsh
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Book Description

24 Nov 2011

The incredible sequel to Gypsy Boy

GYPSY BOY: ON THE RUN picks up from where Gypsy Boy left off, and tells the gripping, page-turning story of Mikey's battle to escape the Romany gypsy camp he grew up on.

After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave, you can never come back. Torn between his family and his heart, Mikey struggles to come to terms with his ancient inheritance and dreams of finding a place where he can really belong.

He eventually finds the courage to run away from the camp and from all he knows, and quickly discovers life on the outside world isn't all he expected. After learning his father had put a contract out on his life and that he was now being hunted down by gangs of gypsy thugs determined to claim their reward, Mikey realises that his life will never be the same again.

ON THE RUN is a coming-of-age story that sees Mikey come to terms with his sexuality and his past and start to build a new life for himself and find a place to finally call home.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444720228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444720228
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mikey's story is as uplifting as it is brutal, he's a fine storyteller. (Gary Barlow)

Funny, touching and heartbreaking in equal measures, Gypsy Boy on the Run is a coming-of-age tale like no other. Mikey Walsh's writing is fresh, raw and utterly compelling - this is a story that stays with you long after you've turned the final page. (Jane Bruton, Editor, Grazia Magazine)

An incredible story of a unique life. So amazing, you'll miss your bus stop. (HEAT)

'It was a revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant. I shall never forget it - an amazing achievement' (on Gypsy Boy) (Stephen Fry)

Determination and the kindness of strangers make his tale an uplifting one. (Daily Express)

'The boldly intimate memoir of an English Gypsy's struggle to define himself and his sexuality outside the bounds of traditional Romany culture. ... A great-hearted book of tenderness and brutality.' (Kirkus Reviews)

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The follow-up to the Number 1 bestseller, GYPSY BOY.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Having read the first book, Gypsy Boy, I was left wondering about what happened after we left Mikey Walsh and so was delighted to find out that he had decided to continue his story with us.

Gypsy Boy on the Run picks up from where Mikey leavs the traveller camp he has grown up on, and his family behind. It was clearly a heartbreaking decision for someone so young at the time.

The story follows Mikey as he is on the run from those who say he has disgraced his people, while in the meantime he is on a journey of self discovery - of finding out who is meant to me and then accepting who he is and making a life for himsef, far removed from what was ever expected of him.

Mikey Walsh tells his story with such honesty and raw emotion, only the really cold hearted out there could fail to be gripped by his tale. It is testament to the writer that the reader so instantly feels he knows Mikey, tries to understand him, celebrates his good times and feels his heartbreak at the bad times with him.

For someone who has been through so much so young, there is no hint of self pity in his story which is refreshing. Mikey shows that he has amazing strength of character, while those who are lucky enough to get very close to him, see the other side of him - years of pent up abuse and emotional neglect come pouring out to those who love him.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It would be an amazing book even if it was a purely fictional novel, but to know that this is all true makes it even more heart rendering.

This may be a cliche; but if you only read one book this year, please make it this one.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book.. What a Writer!! 3 July 2011
I'm not a massive book worm, but after reading (and absoloutely loving!) Gypsy Boy I was left wanting more, so was over the moon to hear there would be a sequal!!
The way Mikey writes and describes everything in his story just puts you right there with him. His honesty and openness is overwhelming and inspirational. I honestly don't know how somebody could live through everything he has been through and then be strong enough to relive it all by putting it down on paper! But then, if there was ever a story worth telling, it was his!!
I recomended Gypsy boy to everyone I know and will not hesitate to recomend On the Run to them aswell.
Thank You for sharing your story Mikey Walsh.. You truely are a special human being!! x
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life 3 July 2011
I can't put into words the impact this book had on me. I laughed, cried, felt like I got to know the author, started to reflect on my own life and appreciate other peoples struggles. This story had to be told and has to be read. The first part covers off some of the story in the first book and if anything the struggles when he left his family required more strength than when he was in that environment. The book is honest, well written and is a testament to how strong this man really is and how strong we all have the potential to be. I can not recommend it enough. Read this, you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly consuming read 1 July 2011
By Ange
Nothing prepared me for reading On The Run. Yes I knew from Gypsy Boy to expect a well written account of Mikeys life, but to go the roller-coaster in this latest instalment has really knocked me for six.
Compelling, funny, honest and the most emotional story telling ever takes the reader from the life of a scared 15 year old boy to a 30 year old man who is still travelling a journey.
Having followed the progress from Gypsy Boy on Twitter - it's every moment of not only Mikeys past you feel but in his words and expressions. Thank you for sharing this largely untold world with us. Your an incredibly talented and lovely person.Andrea xx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 30 Jun 2011
It was obvious from reading the first paragraph of `Gypsy Boy' that Mikey was born to be a writer - not a fighter!!
His style of writing, his humour and his honesty make you feel like you really know him, like he's a friend even, pouring his heart out and making you laugh out loud, and feel the pain with him.
Mikey - as a devoted follower on Twitter @thatbloodyMikey I raise my glass (White Russian of course) and salute you!
This is a MUST READ - and would make an excellent movie!! I hope this isn't the last time we hear from this amazing writer
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant!!!! 6 July 2011
After spotting 'Gypsy Boy' on the shelf in Tesco i had to buy it! My mother comes from a traveling background and married my father a non-traveler and has never spoke much about life when she was young as much as i hound her about it she never gave much away. So seeing Gypsy Boy i saw it as my chance to take a look into the life my mother came from and can honestly say it moved me more than i could have imagined. I went from crying to p*ssing with laughter within a turn of the page! I become slightly obsessed with what became of Mikey Walsh and have ended up following (stalking) the poor guy on Twitter (thatbloodymikey) his witty tweets and quotes have kept me entertained through the winter months on a promise of a sequal which i pre-ordered as soon as i could! Being pregnant and hormoanal i was concerned when the book arrived if i was going to be safe reading it after the first emotional rollercoaster mikey had delivered but once i started this book it was read within 24hours! I could not put it down! This man is a hero and a credit to his culture i feel proud and honoured to have shared his story he makes you feel like he has wrote the book just for you. Ready for the film now please xxxx
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A fantastic read. Sad to get to the end. It made me smile and made me cry. I hope Mikey is happy within himself now
Published 16 days ago by Croat
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
can't review bought for someone else
Published 19 days ago by gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as first one but enjotyable
Published 24 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Amazing
My second favourite book of all time (first being Gypsy Boy)
This is a beautiful book, if you have the ability to read, read this!
Published 1 month ago by marvin beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very sad but brilliant read
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
I just couldn't wait to read this after reading Gypsy Boy. Well worth the read to find out how Mikey began the next chapter in his life. Would highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by L. Curran
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this
What a brilliant read. Recommended by Sara cox and I couldn't put it down. What an amazing life this boy had
Published 2 months ago by Romain
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will stay with you forever
Inspiring and compelling, this true story gives a true understanding of a culture that is often misunderstood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lil
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Enjoyed the first book and found this whilst 'shopping' - a good honest read that makes you feel like you know them all
Published 2 months ago by Marie Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable!
Among the best books I have ever read! Will read again and again.......
Mr Walsh has simply stolen my heart!
Published 3 months ago by Solidea
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