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Elbows Off The Table by [Bain, John Kennedy]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Length: 152 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John Kennedy Bain; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2OF3XC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Found it very sad knowing children were treated this way ,my husband was in this kind of situation but nothing like what some of the children went through
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This is the best memoir I have met of a difficult life growing up in care. Mainly because it is full of humour and life. By no means does it downplay the bad things that happened, the abuse, the disappointments, the things no kids should have to put up with. But all through there is a basic optimism and toughness and resilience, and you are keeping your fingers crossed for the author all the time, admiring him as well as being sorry for what is happening to him. He might get down and who can blame him, but you can't keep him down - or at least that is the message I get.

I think this book should be required reading for all social workers and all people who deal with children in care. It is a reminder that every child has feelings, but also every child has ways of coping and dealing with life. It is really well written but it hasn't had the dead hand of editors and accountants on it so it hasn't been channelled all in one direction (to fit on the Misery Memoir shelf) and therefore it is ultimately life enhancing to read it.

The only thing that threw me is that it ends more or less in the middle, with you realising he's going to have a lot more to deal with before we get to the stage when he was writing a book. I suppose he wanted to get it out quickly or something but my opinion is he could write the rest of it and then put them together in one book. Or rather have it in THREE books, part 1, part 2 and both parts so people can choose which one to buy.

I look forward to part 2 Elbows Off The Table
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 3 Dec. 2013
By Gothicfun - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best memoir I have met of a difficult life growing up in care. Mainly because it is full of humour and life. By no means does it downplay the bad things that happened, the abuse, the disappointments, the things no kids should have to put up with. But all through there is a basic optimism and toughness and resilience, and you are keeping your fingers crossed for the author all the time, admiring him as well as being sorry for what is happening to him. He might get down and who can blame him, but you can't keep him down - or at least that is the message I get.

I think this book should be required reading for all social workers and all people who deal with children in care. It is a reminder that every child has feelings, but also every child has ways of coping and dealing with life. It is really well written but it hasn't had the dead hand of editors and accountants on it so it hasn't been channelled all in one direction (to fit on the Misery Memoir shelf) and therefore it is ultimately life enhancing to read it.

My only criticism of the book is that it ends more or less in the middle, with you realising he's going to have a lot more to deal with before we get to the stage when he was writing a book. I suppose he wanted to get it out quickly or something but my opinion is he should write the rest of it and then put them together in one book. Or rather have it in THREE books, part 1, part 2 and both parts.

Anyway I look forward to part 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Oct. 2013
By M. Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a look into the life of a little boy whose mother had him put into institutionalized care because she could not care for him. He never knew why, he only felt abandoned. It should be a battle cry for people to pay more attention to what actually happens to "throw-away" children. Written by the person who has been in that system, it shows how a child feels when this happens to him. Be prepared for some ugliness; that is what the care system is.
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