on 3 April 2015
Inspirational book and must a read for everyone interested in people. I have met many people who consider themselves 'a victim' of their upbringing as reason for negative actions or behaviours, while I'm not dismissive of the affect of nurture or the lack of love/attention when younger it cannot be an exclusive reason for being an ongoing menace to society. Ben proves that cycle can be broken, but not only broken but can be used to the advantage of himself, others whom have been through similar experiences, hopefully prevent others from making the same mistakes as he did and show professionals how to support those who's behaviour may be masking issues. All wrote in a direct, consise and digestible way. I was very lucky to have a life privileged with love and attention, but not everyone has had that, it's good for us all to remember that sometimes as humans we all to often judge others on what we perceive through our senses, and our own life experiences, Ben challenges that notion. A mantra for us all "never give up!" And never give up on people!
on 19 June 2013
51 Moves is the story of Ben's difficult journey through a flawed care system. The book has Ben's voice and personality stamped all over it, meaning you really empathise with him as he struggles to be heard, and reacts in anger and frustration; it means it's an emotionally tough read at times, but well worth it, particularly given the inspirational message it provides. This book can provide an example to professionals on the importance of listening to young people in their care, and to young people to show that there can be a positive end to their story. We'd love to see a follow up with details of your rise to success!
on 12 June 2013
51 moves is a book that cannot be put down, no matter how hard you try, you have to go back and see how the tale unfolds, you often forget that this is a true story and someone has lived through the events outlined in the book.
You really get an insight into what it is like being a young person in care, you follow Ben on his journey and get too see the living proof that you really can turn your life around if you put your mind too it.
Wonderful book which is a recommended worthwhile read.
on 17 January 2015
This book was a privilege to read.This is Ben's personal journey as he negotiates the 51 moves he had to encounter as a young person. Written in an honest, genuine style, it tells the truth about the system. Important for workers to read this and always remember to see the child, not the behaviour. Thankyou for writing this, I will recommend it to everyone I know.Your strength and courage inspire others.