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A bird in a cage and a tin of paint: True and harrowing tale of child cruelty and disability

A bird in a cage and a tin of paint: True and harrowing tale of child cruelty and disability [Kindle Edition]

Chris Stewart
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This story will stay with you for a long time. A heart rendering true tale of the early years of a young boy growing up in post war Manchester with a single parent who suffered mental health issues. It covers his fight against an educational system that did not understand his disability, Dyslexia. It takes you from his traumatic birth through the break up of his parents marriage to how he coped by escaping from the cruelty both at home and at school. It is easy to read but also at times a very difficult read. It is published as written through Dyslexic eyes, without professional editing except using the F7 button! This may create difficulties with readers but the author remaining true to himself to give the reader an insight into his disability.
The author entrust any readers with similar difficulties to overcome them as he has. He is now a Lecturer in a specialist F.E. college working with students with Learning Disabilities. approx 66,000 words.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00983J5KG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Stewart (b 1952)Was born in Salford, Manchester UK. His early and most difficult years are well documented in his first book, A Bird in a cage and a Tin of Paint. After an early exit from engineering following the Oil Crisis he proceeded to work with youngsters on the fringes of society in Youth Work. Training as a nurse in Learning Difficulties and Teaching he now employed by SCOPE as a tutor to young people with severe learning difficulties and behavioural challenges across the north west of England. His struggles in childhood and with his disability has given him an empathy and insight almost unique within the caring profession. His faith ensures he is driven towards a more equal society. The love of his wife is the foundation of his new found freedom to be able to write about traumas so long locked up in his head and heart.
The second book, about his fractured and wild adolescence in Manchester is now in the pipeline.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bird in a cage and a tin of paint 15 Sep 2012
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I could not put down this heart pulling tale of a lonely boy starved of the unconditional love that every child is entitled to. Throughout the book you feel the pain and frustrations experienced by the author who writes plainly about his life and maintains your interest with a pure raw humanity. He endures cruelties and indignities that would shock every loving parent and caring teacher. Not a book to read for pleasure but a worthwhile read to remind us that society needs to be alert for hidden disabilities and abuse in innocent children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 17 Sep 2012
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As someone who was not identified as being dyslexic until the age of 22, I found this a very enjoyable and thought-provoking book. While my experience was from a different era, I found some of the alienation suffered by Chris throughout his time in the education system humbling. The book is very well written and does an excellent job of translating the torment suffered by Chris throughout his early life onto paper (Kindle).

While Chris was unfortunate enough to have grown up in an era that did not recognise dyslexia as a real condition, anyone who has grown up with the condition, whether it was recognised or not, would get a great deal from reading this.

Chris also has the additional unpleasantness of growing up with an abusive mother, but finds comfort in embracing his imagination to escape the pain of his real life.

Much the same as Chris the author, I have never read a book for pleasure, but anyone wanting to benefit from Chris's experiences should know that the Kindle Text-To-Speech function on the Kindle is fantastic. So no excuses :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done. 26 Sep 2013
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A heartbreaking read, very honestly written you get a feeling that this has been a difficult story to tell, but also that writing it has helped the author to heal some of his past.
I was unsure about reading the book, but Iam so pleased that I did.
Well done to Chris Stewart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Clearly an outstanding narrative.Chris, in his childhood story has both moved me to my core with sadness and hope bound together with an inspired courage.I can see that for many people who have experienced prolonged challenges and setbacks in their lives,reading or hearing(for those who find it difficult to read)this true and reflective life story will provide comfort,hope and inspiration to overcome many of life's challenges.

For a child who often experienced a communicative and emotional mismatch of who he was, to be able to forge ahead in life and courageously reflect,write,put himself forward as an author and publish, regardless of his past,including traumas or any neuro-psychological deficits experienced,this is a remarkable story.
Chris' story will offer wise teaching in respecting people's uniqueness,understanding of loving parenting,preventing abuse through understanding the trauma and scars that it leaves upon the human psyche; it will encourage respect for all society who have experienced suffering at the hands of others,through no fault of their own.

Chris, among many things, clearly shows that his Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated. He clearly had co-occurring developmental and emotional challenges as he grew up. He in his story shows an acute awareness of life and he displayed high emotional intelligence. I found myself wanting to send him some new toy cars. When you read the book I am confident you will understand.

In many places in the book I was emotional and also challenged to see the world from a unique, talented and fantastically enthusiastic little boy who experienced serious emotional and physical abuse.
I hope Chris continues to share his story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful insight to dyslexia 26 Mar 2013
By Zak Sly
This has to be one of the easiest books to read but at the same time the hardest! The way the book is written and set out is a dyslexia readers dream! It so easy to read; I could read the book and at the same time not have to think about what the words or sentences mean. I could read and form a picture of what Chris is saying at the same time!

Reading about the up bringing of Chris and what went on to him was hard to take in, a small innocent young boy being abused by his mother and finding his imagination to hide from the pain and suffering.

The most powerful insight to dyslexia - Zak Sly
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