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I Think I'm OK [Kindle Edition]

C S Kenny
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In 1970 I volunteered to leave my family home and enter William Henry Smith School, an institution for maladjusted children near Brighouse in West Yorkshire, I was 11 years old.

After almost two years it became apparent that I had exasperated all efforts to control my behaviour and was no longer welcome at the school. This was a pattern which continued for the next few years of my life.

I was moved from a children’s home in Bradford to a secure unit in York from which I managed to escape on two occasions. I was then sent to an Approved School in County Durham.

As incredulous as it may seem, at the age of 14 I was expelled from the Approved School and returned to another children’s home back in my home town of Bradford. True to form I was kicked out of this home too.

The above is pretty much the sum of my family and friends knowledge of my childhood, and to be fair, it’s hardly surprising that I was judged, frowned upon and quite often avoided like a crusty pair of Y fronts.

I am now 53 years old and have managed, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, to obtain official records held about me from those early days. I have also managed to acquire the cojones to let all and sundry know the truth.

As I have used my real name, I felt it was only right that I use the real names of other guilty parties, the ones who should have known better.

If you are interested in reading a true, openly honest, occasionally sad yet often humorous memoir, please do buy my book, “I Think I’m OK.” I assure you it’s far from a ‘misery memoir.’

Oh, I guess I should point out that there are a few of them there naughty sweary words included . . . sorry about that.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: FeedARead.com (21 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078T06RI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY BRAVE 27 Mar 2012
By Carol 'avid little bookworm' TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What drew me to this book was that it is set, primarily, in West Yorkshire where I was born and have lived all my life. I also went through the care system many years ago, so can relate to this book.

Once started, I read it through within a day or so it's an easy read, not the subject matter of course, much less to have lived the life. Christopher Kenny doesn't 'wallow' (in pity) in fact he takes quite a humorous approach. It's an excellent read and one I would highly recommend.

What a brave man you are Mr. Kenny, you have my utmost respect and admiration for turning your life around and having the courage to write your book. I hope it does prove cathartic for you and also helps to draw attention to what problems existed in the care system and serves to raise awareness and help changes to continue to be made.

How poignant so much of the writing is, one passage states - 'The saddest part is that as kids in care we knew it, we knew people thought of us as the lowest of the low....' The shame and guilt that can be carried around for years and even lifetimes by children who go through such treatment is shocking. I hope that shame and guilt is firmly passed to the named and shamed in this book, where it belongs. Although at times I think Christopher Kenny has been extremely forgiving to people who let him down badly.

I for one have no problem whatsoever in believing every word he has written.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 24 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book after seeing it plugged by an old school friend on facebook.
I'd been looking for something different to my usual genre so thought I'd give it a go.
I was taken in right from the very beginning. It's easy to turn a blind eye to the fate of kids from broken homes. some adjust well, others not so. My own upbringing was one of both mental and physical abuse, social workers and foster homes. After reading this it became obvious that I had a lucky escape.
There are still many things I don't talk about so for Mr Kenny to be able to write about his experiences in such a candid manner is nothing short of remarkable. His story doesn't pull on the heartstrings so much as open your eyes to what was (and still is) so very obviously a failing system.
More needs to be said and done to improve the 'care' that children receive when admitted into the system.
I take my hat off to you Mr Kenny. Long may you continue to enjoy life and family x
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this as a freebie but I would happily have paid for the privilege of this insight which Mr Kenny recounts. Sometimes it's easy to avoid something which we know is going to be uncomfortable. I downloaded this thinking that the synopsis was promising, but I found the cover compelling and the imagery presented remained. For me, that's a cover which speaks to the potential reader. A small child shutting out the wider world? What's going on?

So I read the book sooner rather than 'sometime'. And I'm so pleased I did. This is not a joyful read. Don't get me wrong, it's an honest account and it's not all a doom and gloom 'my life was awful' read. Mr Kenny has given what seems to be a thoroughly frank account of his life. His world and experiences differ from the norm, but he expresses his view of the world in a way that almost normalises some of his experiences.

One of the reasons that I tend to avoid a book like this is that I don't know how to deal with the impotent anger that it leaves. We're not talking about Dickensian Britain here; this account relates to a time we can all relate to personally. The institutionalised attitudes prevalent, and recounted largely without animosity then, remain now. How can a so called civilised society allow such abuse to continue? How can so called professionals justify their rationale and subsequent actions? It's OK as long as you blame the victim. Mr Kenny's book is a not always an easy read, but it's honest. And for that I applaude him and I urge you to read a memorable account of the so called care services in modern Britain. Please don't be fooled into thinking that because the events depicted here took place some time ago that there has since been a quantum shift.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!! 6 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely brilliant book!! I could not put it down. i love the way Christopher Kenny is so honest about his life, the book is hilarious at times actually made me laugh out loud. i love the way he worded it and some of the comments were so funny, "I'm not doris stokes" or "should have gone to specsavers". I was chuckling, on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, pulling my hair out and cringing all the way through this book. i enjoyed reading the book as it reads as though he was actually speaking to you. it was one of those books that you just jumped straight into and it grabbed you. His life is so interesting and amazing how he went through so much but now he leads a normal life. i could really relate to some parts of the book and it has actually made me think about writing my own book, especially the reason for writing the book. its is an amazing read and i highly recommend it.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad but often humorous story 6 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I "bought" this book when I noticed that it was being advertised as free for the kindle. Being the 'tight bugger' that I am, I thought why not download it. The book starts off very entertainingly and you see Chrisopher as you do many kids - the loveable rogue. Without going into detail, there is a sad (probably life changing event) that happens to Christopher and having a 9 year old son myself its easy to think about what it would be like to my own son. Christopher, thanks for sharing your story and I hope that karma takes care of things
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and think. A great read.
Published 8 days ago by Jane Claire Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
good story
Published 17 days ago by irenewoods42
5.0 out of 5 stars Written from the heart
The story touched me knowing what Chris had gone through as a child, Scared to tell of his abuse and becoming a bit of a rebel to stay safe, Easier to pretend you are tougher than... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Grace Kay Roch
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY INTERESTING READ
A VERY INTERESTING READ ,
AFTER READING THIS BOOK I LOOKED UP ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THE SCHOOL. I AM GLAD I DID. Read more
Published 1 month ago by margaret yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Guy
Brilliantly written account of this guys life. And what a life, he wasn't a bad lad but back then I don't think we spoke up like we do now, he was very misunderstood in my opinion... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pam29
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
Brilliantly written.I can empathize with this author having been brought up in the 'care' system myself, in the 50s and 60s,and due to my parents problems and not anything I had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bavvy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Not for the faint hearted, this is a true story of the writer's experience of being in care as a child and teenager. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm O
This book lost my interest shortly after starting to read it and so I couldn't finish reading it I was bored.
Published 1 month ago by Jackie Folley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A bit of a Jack the lad , good story that kept me interested in his quest to find himself
Published 2 months ago by Anne Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read.
Really enjoyed this book, a feel good story, life is hard enough without obstacles. Well done "you are ok " :-)
Published 2 months ago by Dawn
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