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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (16 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071814662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718146627
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,122,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Lewis is 32. He is married with two children and lives in Surrey. This is his first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By denise pumford on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was waiting with baited breath the arrival of this book for my own very personal reasons. It has been written expertly and comes from the heart. It is distressing and very sad in a lot of chapters, but uplifting and determined in others, I cried alot of tears in the first half, but celebrated with Kevin in the 2nd half through his mishaps and adventures as he takes you through his very traumatic and inspiring first 32 years! I would reccomend this to anyone who thinks that as a child they were hard done by, or a teenager that is going through a really rough time. Its a book that makes you say YES in a very loud voice when you read the final chapter!! Excellent *********
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By roger crook on 31 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not a great book reader, but after hearing a radio program that mentioned this book, I felt I had to read it. I found the book, although it covers a taboo subject a deeply riveting and moving account of something that i am glad i did not have to endure myself. But I am glad to read that the author seems to have been strong enough to get through his ordeal.
Every parent to be and parent already should read this as it will show how a child picks up on the smallest detail and stores it for their development as a human. In the book, the author (Kevin) remembers smells and emotions of his childhood even now when he is a parent himself. It has awoken thoughts of my own childhood and what smells and emotions mean to me. Gladly for me most of my memories are good ones, so i can only try to understand how strong the young Kevin was. I hope Kevin is at ease with his life now. A MUST READ BOOK.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was brilliant. It was extremely sad and I cried nearly all the way through it. I just dont know how a tiny boy survived the torture he was put through. Unfed and undernourished all through his childhood, yet he survived the extreme unnecessary punishement from the evil hands of his mother. At one point the social services finally took him away from his family and sent him to a childrens home, where he experienced a birthday, something he had never done and also presents and a party, which he had never before experienced. Unfortunately though, this short and happy time ended and he was put back in the so called care of his family. If he had continued at childrens homes, the pain he feels today would be halved. Unfortunately his brothers also suffered at the hands of his mother, but this was not mentioned much in the book. Anyway if it was, it would have been too much for me to take in. One abused child is enough!!
Im so happy now that he has survived what he was put through, through no fault of his own ever and that hopefully he is a happy and healthy man to this day. I wish him only the best always. Once thing I cannot understand is why on earth did he invite his mother to his wedding, if that was me, I would have killed her, a nice long and painful death, what she deserves!!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Jones on 15 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have never felt this impelled to write a review about a book, but I am finding it very hard to put my feelings into words for this book, I have never read a book in one sitting, until I received "The Kid" on a Saturday morning, I did not move from my chair until I had finished, a book has never made me cry nor has it made me want to get up and realise my dreams and ambitions and believe that I can achieve them, I agree with one of the other reviews, this book must be read by people who think that they had a tough up bring or are having a terrible time, this book has made me appreciate my life and thankful to my parents for a wonderful, fun and loving childhood. I toast Kevin Lewis with a large glass of Red..."Thank You" to you Kevin Lewis
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By An amazon customer on 24 Jan. 2004
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May I say I lived only a about 100 yards from the house where Kevin lived and did not realise that all what he went through was going on Gloria used to stop and speak to my wife asking if she neaded help my wife always declined for some reason she thought something is not right in that house.
I can agree with Kevin every second word from her mouth was a swear word, She had the nick name mouthy because you heard her before you saw her.
What the poor kids went through she hid well, may i say only one thing before I finish the Social services in Croydon should take a long hard look at themselves and I do hope that they read the book.
Well done Kevin you have made something out of your life and good on you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "sean-the-sheep" on 23 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
First book I've read for a while,
This book makes you release what goes on behind closed doos, and how this went on with kevin it takes your breath away how can this happen to such an inocent young boy
it goes on to tell you about his strugghle
once you have read the book at the end of his struggle you say to yourself - Good on you Kevin
an excellent read i really would recomend it 10/10
it is a book you will not want to put down I read it in 6 days truley gripping.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
'The Kid' is indeed a deeply moving and very emotional book, which has evoked emotional reviews on this site to date, to which I am not surprised. I was thoroughly appalled to read a diary of Kevin's young life, and shocked to hear, first hand that anyone has to go through experiences such as these in this day and age, particularly with a lack of help and support from the Welfare state. It is fantastic to read that someone has the inner ability to pull themselves out of the depths of despair to realise their potential and live a full life. I had a so called 'normal' upbringing in surburbia, but still carry certain childhood experiences with me which affect my life now. I can not imagine what it must have been like for Kevin. My only question is that things were also bad for his siblings, and there is no mention as to whether they all support the public declaration of their family experiences?
Overall a great read and an eyeopening and honest account.
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