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Never to Return: The Harrowing Story of a Stolen Childhood [Kindle Edition]

Sandy Reid
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Never to Return is the extraordinary true story of Sandy Reid and his big sister Maggie and what happened to them when they were taken away from their parents and their way of life. It was the middle of winter when the authorities swooped on the travellers’ woodland camp, determined to take the youngest children into care and give them a better life. But it didn’t work out that way Denied any access to his parents, Sandy was to spend the rest of his childhood moving from disinterested foster parents to children’s homes and finally into the clutches of the notorious ‘Uncle Dave’ who systematically abused the children in his care. This is the shocking story of how a child’s life was destroyed and of a stolen generation, snatched in the night and forbidden from seeing their families. It’s also the story of how one boy endured terrible hardship and abuse and how he survived against all odds.

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About the Author

Sandy Reid is one of the Travellers spokesmen who have recently demanded an official apology from the government for a 'stolen generation' of children snatched from their families by the authorities only to be left to suffer physical and mental abuse in children's homes and with foster families.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845022238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845022235
  • ASIN: B006VL1IGC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The disposable tinkers 1 Feb. 2009
Sandy's book portrays only too clearly how Scotland regarded her indigenous Travelling People. Tearing children from their mothers' arms and losing them forever in the Welfare system with no contact whatsoever with their families. Taking them to a life where they were treated at best with total apathy and at worst with mental, physical and sexual abuse. And this was considered better for the child than being with his family? I don't think so! A heart breaking tale told beautifully. Well done Sandy! Mary
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Sandy's courageous story makes essential reading for anyone who either works with 'looked after children' or who has experience of being 'looked after'. Sandy provides a graphic picture of how important continued sibling / family contact (providing it is safe to do so) is for all children who have been removed from their parents, how crucial it is that those who have responsibility for 'looked after' children actually listen to them and see them as 'children in need' not simply as a 'case', and that how vulnerable children are when they are living in the 'system'. Above all, Sandy reminds us that despite all the talk and aspirations of a profession wanting to value diversity and embrace different lifestyles, frequently social work practice has been guilty of imposing dominant family values on those families which have a long tradition of being different, in his case 'Scottish Tinkers'.

Eddie O'Hara
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant true story 6 Aug. 2014
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This isn't the sort of book that I usually read. More known for reading anything by, amongst others, Stephen King, James Patterson and Tom Clancy, I saw this book on an e-mailed list of Kindle books that Amazon thought I might be interested in. At first I went straight past it and looked at others, but then later that day saw that I still had the e-mail in my inbox as I had forgotten to delete it.

This time I looked a bit closer at it and then, for whatever reason, decided to try it. I bought it, started to read it 4-5 days later, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sandy Reid excellently narrates his childhood, from the moment he was taken from his Scottish family of Tinks until when he was 15 year-old.

Passed from foster family to foster family, children's home to children's home, his innocent charm when very young comes across really well, as does his ability to get himself into trouble. Self-preservation plays a big part in his childhood, as does his struggle to cope with learning respect for his mentors, but he always has his family in his mind - especially his sister Maggie and his mother Mary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you may think another self serving tale 26 Jan. 2014
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and you would be right, but for some, the need to put it out there is of benefit to them, so hey who is any one to judge these kind of stories!!
I bought the book for personal reasons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travellers story 20 Mar. 2013
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I was advised to read this when I was supporting a traveller child. It was easy to read and I read it over a couple of days giving me food for thought
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never to Return 18 Nov. 2013
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This is a very good book, the author writes in such a way that you could imagine you were actually there, a very good book, and worth every penny .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 25 April 2010
The author Sandy Reid can make the reader cry - he is brilliant. His mother the gypsy lady would have been so proud of her beloved son today, her love is rare she was the best mother in the world, and a mum is better even in poverty, than all the riches in the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard life for a wee boy 23 April 2015
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I know the east coast of fife and in the future when I regularly pass these villages I will view them in a different light. I also spent many years teaching in a unit full of boys like sandy So volatile and often violent but no wonder. Kids like this don't stand a chance in hell. I'm glad he found some love from the wee woman with the sticks and although his auntie and uncle may have loved him they would never be able to give him the care he deserved. Poor sandy.....hope he has found love and happiness.
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