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Roxy Freeman
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18 Aug 2011
Born in 1979, Roxy Freeman grew up travelling around Ireland and England in a traditional horse-drawn wagon with her mother and father and six siblings. Life was harsh but it was a childhood of freedom spent in harmony with nature. Roxy didn't know her times-tables but she could milk a goat, ride a horse and cook dinner for the whole family on an open fire before she was ten. Early life was idyllic but when her father brought the family to England, they faced prejudice and hostility and Roxy found herself receiving the very unwelcome attentions of a family friend - which she endured in secret. Despite all of the difficulties she faced, she developed a passion for flamenco and traditional music and developed a career as a dancer, which took her around the world. Her beautifully written story is a frank portrait of what life is really like for women and girls of traveller communities.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849833443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849833448
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born to a travelling family in Southern ireland, I started my academic journey later in life than most. My first day in a classroom was at the age of 23, since then I've been playing catch up!

In the spring of 2010 I was given the opportunity to write my memoir. In August 2011 my book: Little Gypsy A Life of Freedom A Time Of Secrets was released.

I wrote my story so people could get a glimpse of a less conventional life, but also to show that even a life disrupted by abuse can be wonderful.

I love to connect with my readers so if you have time please say hello on Twitter: @roxerella or on Facebook: Roxy Freeman Journalist and Author.

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About the Author

Roxy Freeman is a freelance journalist based in Brighton. Her writing has appeared in various publications including the Guardian, Daily Mail, You magazine and the Brighton Argus. She specialises in writing about food and Gypsy folklore and experience.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
My niece directed me to this book knowing that I too have a travelling spirit and I absolutely loved it!

I adored reading about Roxy's childhood and life, in which she has experienced many of the things I can relate to: closeness to nature, travelling, Spain, alternative education... and I nodded and laughed along with many of her memories of sleeping (practically) under the stars, exposed to the elements and running generators etc (I live on a boat!).

Of course, there are elements of Roxy's story that are upsetting, but these parts have been written in an eloquent and sensitive manner, allowing her amazing outlook on life to shine through.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys reading personal accounts and longs to know more about alternative lifestyles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! What a life! 26 Feb 2012
By Smiley
Format:Paperback
From the first page to the last, this book is utterly engaging. Roxy's life has been whirl of experiences which range from wonderful to deeply disturbing. Yet she retains an optimism and determination to fulfil her potential which is both admirable and inspiring. 'Little Gypsy' demonstrates the spirit and independence of a remarkable woman, and the warmth of an unforgettable family. A captivating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True story 15 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was moved by this book, even more so because it is a true story. The fact that Roxy managed to achieve so much despite such a tragic and deprived upbringing is an example to many. It does not provide a misty-eyed nostalgic picture of life as a traveller, as many of the "gypsy books" do, but the author describes it as it really is, and the reader feels part of the story. The ending is as exciting as any novel - I find myself awaiting a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 31 Oct 2011
By Choya
Format:Paperback
I read little Gypsy after seeing Roxy on a daytime show. The book was fascinating and gave a wonderful insight into life without the restrictions of traditional living. As part of her story Roxy gave a very sensitive but straight forward account of her experiences of sexual abuse. This was very helpful for me to read as members of my family are currently going through a similar prosecution. Thank you Roxy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be free 30 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading this it has stirred up a desire to go on the road and find myself again. It is a inspirational and emotional Story very well told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Gypsy 28 Oct 2013
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Having read this book you get to understand a little of the difficult lives gypsy children face. They did not choose this way of life, they were born into it and knew no better than to make the best of it. I admire their courage and their ability to cope with their not so easy lifestyle. If you get to know them, you may find there are some lovely people amongst them, many with wonderful talents they have learnt on the way. Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank and Honest 31 Oct 2011
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This book is absolutely brilliant, could not put it down once I started it, it is a very frank and honest account of this authors life as I do know of the family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 29 Sep 2011
By doodles
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic. I live locally to where the author spent a lot of her life although I didn't know it when I purchased this book. Changes your perceptions of gypsy life and is also sad in places. What a clever person this author despite all the odds to get an education and learn to read and write and also live the life that she chooses. Good on her! Fabulous 5 Stars a must read.
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Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Brasier
1.0 out of 5 stars I just felt unsatisfied. Interesting read though.
Honestly I'm not sure where to start. I had a lot of trouble with this book due to the fact I have no interest in the outdoors and for a lot of the time throughout the book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Recommend by my son.He said it was a brill book .Would recommend it to others to read.Bought the next one .
Published 18 months ago by mrs c h hurds
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was amazing , truly heartwarming, the tale of a truly remarkable woman. Empowering for women to read , survival against tuff , abused time , yet loving family , enjoying... Read more
Published 19 months ago by lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum loved it!!!!!!!!!
My mum said that this book was brilliant and was hooked from the first page. An interesting book which should be read.
Published 19 months ago by Julian Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...
Just so well written. The story flowed well and you could really picture her life as if watching a film. I do hope this becomes a film! Well done Roxy!
Published 21 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars once you start you wont out it down
This book is an amazing travel through a child's life on the road. I have always had a fascination for learning about the Romany way of life and I still yearn to meet Romany's and... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Charmian
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and strikes a few chords
What a refreshing and honest book. There is nothing the young author has omitted to include and that makes a brilliant autobiography. Read more
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