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- Print Length: 190 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01II737EM
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Mr. Fryer and I share a similar background in many ways. He was brought up in a large Northern city of England. His was Manchester and mine Liverpool. We were also educated in the old grammar school system.
The author describes a harrowing childhood with a "pig" of a father, really his stepfather as he was adopted. That man sexually assaulted him throughout his childhood years no doubt leaving a terrible mental scar on the boy and young man.
Yet, though a serious topic and a brutal episode in his young life, Fryer takes the reader on the journey with a deft touch and a readable writing style.His early years culminate in him gaining accreditation as a Vietnam war correspondent. I was in awe at that achievement.
His travels throughout Europe then Asia, clearly left a mark on the author.and once more, like me, he discovered a love of travel and Asia in particular. We share one other thing in common - a love of Eccles Cakes!
There is a cliffhanger at the end of his book and I will not reveal that, save to say I look forward to reading about the remainder of this remarkable man's life story.
Written light fluent prose, it’s easy to read and gives you a very good insight onto a troubled childhood, and the adjustments to society he had to make in his teenaged years – coping with others at school and abroad on his first travels. I only wanted the book to extend beyond his boyhood and see how he managed to cope with life and make such a literary success of it.
I was surprised at how unlike it is to his usual books – among which are masterful biographies of Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas and Cristopher Isherwood – all these are really worth reading if you want to understand the characters.
It is a shocking story but often also a heartwarming one as it shows how he triumphed over everything that was thrown at him. He never hides the grim reality of his life at home but skilfully manages to avoid excessive self-pity by restricting it to the occasional flashback insight into his feelings at the time.
It is a brave, engaging and positive story of one man's escape from the sort of childhood no-one should ever have to suffer.
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