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No Easy Road

No Easy Road [Kindle Edition]

Patsy Whyte
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Josie told me she was murdered. When you're a lonely six-year-old, you don't really understand what that means. All you know is you're happy to have a friend to play with.
Patsy Whyte caught glimpses of an invisible world growing up in a children's home in Aberdeen. One of a family of ten traveller children, torn apart by the state in the 1950's, Patsy recalls a childhood scarred by years of mental and emotional abuse, prejudice and hatred.

Patsy left the home at the age of 15, angry, naive and ill-prepared, but with a will to survive which would be tested to the limit. She rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful and the poorest in the land, and drifted into a world of violence, prostitution and drugs which almost claimed her life.

More than anything, No Easy Road is a testament to the survival of the human spirit.

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Patsy Whyte's debut autobiography, No Easy Road, recalls the earliest years of her life up until the age of 16. It is a true story, and a remarkable and frank account of her struggle to survive. "It's taken me more than 30 years to write about my experiences," she says. "Fortunately, I've been blessed with a great memory. I can still remember people and places and incidents in the clearest of detail, even although so many years have passed." A second book is planned, taking Patsy's story forward through the rest of her teenage years. It promises to be as compelling as her first.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956356605
  • Publisher: Kailyard Publishing; 1 edition (15 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MZ0RDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patsy Whyte was born in 1955 in a one-time army barracks condemned unfit for human habitation. One of a family of ten traveller children torn apart by the state, she grew up in a children's home in Aberdeen until 15.

Traveller families across Scotland were treated similarly, "ethnically cleansed", their children snatched from street and countryside. Children were taken without warning, during the day or in the middle of the night, and placed into "care". Little or no attempt was made to keep brothers and sisters together.

It was all hidden, of course, a shameful episode from Scotland's past. But the repercussions are still felt to this day. Patsy's family was all but destroyed, scattered to the wind. She grew up knowing little or nothing about any of them. Today, despite trying to build up a relationship with brothers and sisters, the family bond is now a mere shadow of what it should have been.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deterred by the style rather than the content 21 Jan 2011
By TopCat
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I found this book being recommended on a forum and when I read the product description thought it sounded fascinating and moving. This book is the author's debut autobiography (apparently a second book continuing her story is planned) and tells of how she was taken from her traveller family at a young age, and details her experiences in childrens' homes and hostels. Not only does she have to contend with the cruel, detached house mother but also the negative attention her family's reputation brings. She gets herself removed from care at 15 and struggles to live without a family or the state supporting her. At the end she has reached 16 and we find out a litte about what happens to her later in life in the epilogue.

Firstly I ought to say I have tremendous respect for the author, it must have taken a lot of courage to dredge up most of these memories and then share them with the public. I found the early part of the book very moving and cannot imagine how life must have been for young children growing up without love and affection in an institution. I think having a young daughter myself made it really hit home. I was also interested in reading about Patsy's visions of spirits, but felt that after the theme was introduced it was never really developed.

Unfortunately I went into this book expecting something it wasn't largely because of the product description, "She rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful and the poorest in the land, and drifted into a world of violence, prostitution and drugs which almost claimed her life.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story of childhood in care 28 Dec 2010
By C
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How Patsy Whyte came through this & out the other side i'll never know.

I found this book via KUF, purchased & then sat down all day & night & into the next morning reading it, ignoring everything else around me.

You hear stories of the care system today, but my God, nothing could be as painful & challenging as that of being in care in the 50's & 60's. My eyes welled with tears more than once through this book.

My heart went out to this child & others mentioned in her story & she told of the harsh rules & cruelty {especially the mental cruelty} that was dished out by the "house mothers".

The fear & confusion must have been tremendous for these children, adding to that being split from your siblings at such a young age & not knowing where they are or knowing who they are.

There are some times in this childs life in care that she see's as good ones, happy ones, hopeful ones & i'm glad she managed to feel some of this, but lurking in the background was always a tragic case of metal abuse & intimidation.

I cannot say i loved this book, how could you read this & love it, but you love the child & you want to hopelesly comfort her.
You'll put your hand over your mouth & feel your'e spine go cold on many a page.

It is extremely well written & i would recommend to anyone.

My heart goes out to you Patsy Whyte, not only for you as a child, but for having the courage to re-live this when writing.
At the end of your book you say there were a further eight years, two marriges & five children later before you found your partner of 30 years. I am so glad you finally found love & you're life is more settled & even though there are still ups & downs you no longer walk alone.

I almost feel ashamed to ask if you will be turning to the past once again & writing of those eight years, as i would like to read further into this young girls life.

A definate 5 star plus read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what she was trying to write about 29 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really tried with this book but just didn't get what she was writing about. I am sorry she did not get the up bringing that most people endure but really didn't think it was anything to write a book about. I did feel guilty for not finding anything humble about this book even though I perservered with it until the end. Would not recommend this book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feel guilty for not enjoying it 1 Feb 2011
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I really wanted to like this book. I had seen on a few discussion boards someone telling people how great it was and there was a couple of 5 star reviews so I had high hopes.

I have read a few biographies lately by non-celebs and I have tremendous respect for Patsy Whyte and her determination to turn her life around given the upbringing that she had. However, I didn't enjoy this book at all, the problem wasn't with the subject matter (which had the chance of being depressing) it should have been a thought provoking and engaging book which made you want to learn more about Patsy's life. The writing style prevented this from happening. The writing itself was very flat and devoid of feeling and paragraphs jumped about from one place to another. I reached a point where I stopped caring about Patsy and given the subject matter this is the exact opposite of what was needed from a reader. I can see what the author was trying to do and I think with either (a) a better publisher who put more effort into the rewriting and editing or (b) a ghost writer then this book could have been brilliant.

I was also disappointed with the blurb on the back of the book as it really doesn't reflect what the story was about, yes Patsy sees ghosts but each meeting is like a side issue that is mentioned in a couple of sentences and then forgotten about. I had expected this to be a central theme, more like The Sixth Sense given that it's part of the sales pitch.
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I was only four when I had my first vision. It wasn't a dream. I was wide awake at the time. It happened in the small dingy cloakroom of a children's home in Aberdeen. A short while before, the cloakroom had been crammed full of noisy kids putting on coats and jackets prior to leaving for school. Now it was quiet. The long line of hooks to hang up the coats and jackets was empty. There was only one little red coat, my coat, left hanging on its own. &quote;
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