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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 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,590 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Daisy on 3 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By garyh1973 on 3 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Ange on 1 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJC on 12 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
My ex-boyfriend was from a Romany family. He, too, had escaped his family home at a young age because his family had trouble accept him being gay, but they had reconciled by the time I met him so didn't want to ask much. I never got to learn a lot about the Romany culture at the time, but was thrilled to discover Mikey's first book, Gypsy Boy, and this follow up - Gypsy Boy On The Run.
In a time where 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' are being splashed all over TV screens it was refreshing to find a first-hand and truthful experience of Gypsy life. The story itself is often not a happy read - although punctuated with delightful anecdotes that brought out the laugh I usually keep behind closed doors (Sorry to those stuck on the train with me that rather hungover day). It is, however, incredibly touching, heartbreakingly honest and wonderfully written.
The book explores moments that intertwine and continue on from its predecessor, delving further into Mikey's escape from his father's disappointment and inevitably his own self-loathing.
It gives a true feeling of perspective, both on a different lifestyle and a level of bravery I thought was kept to fiction. I'm awfully glad he decided to share his story.
As the (many) 5*s suggest, you should go and get your hands on both of these wonderful books. End of gushing praise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SharonFindlay on 30 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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