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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848271298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848271296
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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"A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of betrayal, abandonment and the healing power of friendship and music. This will rip your heart out, but ultimately, will hand it back to you whole, and you'll be inspired by the ride. What Danny endured is wrenching and horrifying, but his style and rhythm are so beautiful and starkly honest - and the voice of the child within him so innocent and mischievous - that courage and strength win the day. This is an incredibly brave book: shocking, and sometimes, despite everything, shockingly hilarious. It's the journey of one man's struggle to connect with the child he once was. As it turns out, the road out is also the road back. I love this book!" (Sara Gruen author of Water for Elephants) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beautifully written with warmth and humour, this is a searingly honest, often harrowing account of a young boy's struggle to survive orphanage life, and an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.

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When I saw the picture of that little eight year old boy waiting at the gate for his mother, always believing she would return, it tugged at my heart and I couldn't wait to read Danny's memoir. I wasn't disappointed. It is a really brave, totally honest account of eight years of his childhood, 'stolen' from him and the other boys by the Christian Brothers. Yet his story is full of hope and humour. I loved how the lads were always trying to be one step ahead of the brothers. He has carried his songwriting talent into his storytelling. I was completely absorbed in the story and couldn't put it down.
Treat yourself,read it. It is truly a treasure.
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"Boy at the Gate" by Danny Ellis
Danny's book is a must read if ever there was one. I was absolutely blown away by his account of those dark days of his childhood for it echoed many parallels to that which I myself experienced in Artane.
Full credit to him for having the tenacity and dedication to tell his/our story in this brilliantly written masterpiece which ranks in my humble opinion to all that has been written before and since which puts it in a league of its own - beautifully executed and profoundly inspiring.
Danny is not only a talented musician/songwriter but now an author of promising distinction which if continued will surely give rise to a dormant if somewhat belated exploration of another God given writing ability which he most certainly has.
I have detected while reading his book that Danny and his wonderfully supportive wife, Liz, (mentioned often in the book) must have reflected many times upon this question during the writing process; Do we really need to confront these demon's - in print? Well, I'm glad he did.
Sadly, my own dear wife (now deceased) would have, like Danny's dear wife, encouraged me to do likewise and write my story. But when I lost her support, I lost with it any desire to add to the overwhelming grief which consumed me with her passing. Years later I would return to my own childhood experience but without her support, my Artane memories would have to remain buried and unwritten.
But here we have it; one boy's account of his traumatic childhood growing up in one of Irelands most notorious gulags for children, Artane Industrial School, Dublin, Ireland.
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Danny Ellis has written a memoir as lyrical and lovely as the songs he composes and sings. THE BOY AT THE GATE recalls his childhood in an Irish orphanage, a childhood Ellis himself refused to face until that boy locked inside him all these years demanded to be heard. In scenes that range from heartbreaking to hilarious, we see him flounder at first, adrift in his sorrow and loneliness. Then fate relents and offers him a gift: music. It saved his life and, having reconciled with his past, has given voice to his soul. It's a voice -- a story -- you won't forget.
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As one of the many American fans of the singer and songwriter Danny Ellis, I ordered a copy of his memoir from Amazon UK right away instead of waiting for it to be published in the States. I'm glad I didn't wait. "The Boy at the Gate" is timely and timeless. It's timely because this account of his poverty-scarred childhood in Dublin, and his eight years at the Artane Industrial School, an orphanage for boys, bear witness to a scandal. The boys' caretakers in the Christian Brothers order "battered our childhoods away," as Ellis has put it. News accounts of the abuse inflicted on hundreds of Artane boys are still emerging. Ellis' harrowing experiences are also the subject of the songs on his CD "800 Voices," hailed by musicians and critics as a masterpiece.
"The Boy at The Gate" is unique. Surely no other literary memoir of this breadth and depth has a musical counterpart - certainly not of the quality of "800 Voices." At the same time, the book stands on its own and is full of its own music.
If you're a fan of "800 Voices," and you should be, you'll be pleased that some of the vivid and funny characters he sings about have been given added dimension in "The Boy at the Gate." Say, whatever happened to the angel-voiced Tommy Bonner after he left Artane, and where did Kelly go after he'd gone missing? Then there's Danny's buddy Rasher the cardsharp, that larcenous, generous genius of the schoolyard. (I hope he's now a riverboat gambler.)
Ellis knows, as Wordsworth does, that the child is father of the man. On one level, "The Boy at the Gate" is about an artist uncovering his nature. Danny joins the Artane Boys Band. "Whatever's going on in that fighting Dublin heart of yours, put it down that trombone," Brother O'Connor tells him. So he does. What does he get back?
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My Dad gave me a signed copy of this book for my birthday. The author, Danny Ellis, is a friend of his. Memoirs are not my thing really, (except for Stephen Kings "On Writing") So for my 40th, I mean 29th birthday, ahem, I unwrapped my gift and smiled at my Dad the same way I smiled at my Granny when she gave me a brown woolly jumper for my 10th birthday.
How wrong was I? Very!
It's a first-class read. It glides from hilarity to heartache.
Who am I to review this book? Nobody!
But if you, like me, have a excessive collection of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror books causing your shelves to curve, give this book a shot. You won't be able to put it down.
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