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Fatherless: A Memoir by [Barber, Phil]
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About the Author

Phil Barber lives in Devon where he coaches adults and teenagers to find the inner sparks of genius so vital to overcome personal barriers. He has two daughters and two grandsons. Website: www.philbarbercoaching.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992899400
  • Publisher: Hallow Press; 1 edition (12 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OG0ATTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #970,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was reluctant to buy and read this book as I really don't like the whole "pity me" genre. However I was in for such a surprise and joy - although it is, at its heart, the tale of a boy growing up in an inexplicable world of great hardship and subtle harm, the book contained great humour and wit. The poignancy of this book really moved me. It was written with such clarity of the past, and the writing (despite being pragmatic at times) held such deep hurt. Perhaps it was the contrast of the hurt and humour that made both more profound? I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
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A wonderful book - honest, self effacing, touching and beautifully written. Highly recommended! You wont' be able to put it down once you start reading it.
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This is a moving, oftentimes shocking yet consistenly well written account of a childhood blighted by poverty, mental illness and the struggle for emotional and physical survival in orphanages and remand centres. It provides a unique insight into the heart and mind of a young boy as he journeys through the care system and emerges triumphantly into adulthood forever changed by his formative experiences. I read this book over a couple of days as I literally couldn't put it down. I highly recommend.
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I got this book on Monday and had finished it by Wednesday because I couldn't put it down and i'm normally a reader who can leave a book for months between reading. Its one of the best memoir's i've ever read (if not the best). Its so well written that within a couple of pages I felt like I knew this little boy, and as I finished the book I just wanted to continue reading about his life. I really hope there is a second soon!
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If you like your sleep, DON'T buy this book. It is "un-put-down-able" which, as a bedtime read, makes for late nights! The author's childhood in the 1960s care system was on one level very different to mine and perhaps yours too,Yet, on another level, there is a lot that resonates with me.

I wasn't taken into care but I too had parents with mental health challenges.. Bearing in mind the statistics on mental health, an awful lot of people will identify with this. .

Growing up, I was not trying to hide from my school friends the shame of living in a care home. But I was pretending in other ways that my home life was very different to the painful reality. I think most people on occasion inhabit the land of "make believe".

In my search for identity, belonging and purpose in life, I did not experience the aching void Phil Barber describes so well. But I know only too well the yearning for closeness and connection that accompanies a childhood of emotional deprivation and inadvertent abuse from ill-equipped and disturbed parents. I think there is a bit of this yearning or "lost child" in most of us.

The bottom line is that you don't need to have been through the author's odyssey to relate to his narrative. It is so "un-put-down-able" precisely because it speaks to a part of us and tells as something about our own journey.
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I bought this book having been in a similar situation to the author myself. I feel that it described the care system at that time very accurately (although my experience wasn't as traumatic)
It's a true account of a young boy's search for love, security and identity whilst going from one children's home to another.
Once I had started reading it I couldn't put it down.
Well done, Mr Barber.
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This memoir should be compulsory reading for every person and available in every institution concerned with the care of children - particularly those euphemistically described as "looked-after children" in the state system. Phil Barber writes with unsentimental clarity and an emotional honesty that is rare in autobiographical accounts by adults who were "in care". Apart from Mr Barber's courage in exposing his traumatic early life, what stands out for me is the casual indifference/cruelty of many of the adults (and there were shining exceptions) responsible for his welfare. And to those who will claim that residential and foster care have improved two or three decades on, my advice is just take a closer look!
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It’s the ONE we probably all fear the most -- our parents abandoning us to an orphanage at an early age. No mother to cuddle you, or parental hands to guide you through the unknown.

Whereas parents tell their children what their plans for the future are, orphan children are at the last minute told to pack their bags, they’re off to….. leaving friends and carers they may have grown attached to.

Torquay author Phil Barber found himself in this position at the age of 5 and details the trials and experiences from that tender age to when he left the orphanage / foster system at the age of 17.

I was expecting it to be depressing and even sordid in parts but somehow the excellent writing tells the story unflinchingly without making it a harrowing read. It details the day to day life of a kid growing up without parents or warm home atmosphere, without pathos, so that you find yourself fascinated by the events not often brought down by them.

But we all need something to hang on to - no parents, no warm atmosphere – fortunately Phil has a talent for football and the wide open playing field of the orphanage where he can get lost in the excitement of the game and forget the trials inside the four walls of “the home”. Also his two older brothers are with him at different years in the home and he can call on them from time to time for reassurance. How children who couldn’t take solace in sport or had no family contact whatsoever coped, heaven knows? Maybe they……but let’s not go there.

We’re told such a childhood can make a child independent and certainly Phil at the age of 9 years old had more grown-up thoughts, and was asking more questions about his world, than I was at that age.
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