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I was taken by the struggles of a growing boy, entrapped in a system of which he was completely at the mercy of. Phil's memoires recall the unfairness of his start in life, not in a begrudging way, more of boy just wanting to be loved, nurtured and encouraged like any other boy growing up in a 'normal' family would. The book gets across the vulnerability of children growing up in the old institutions and how they could be moved around without personal consultation at the stroke of a pen.
His encounters with his Mother are also of interest. Like any child in his position (I guess) holding onto the believe that she would come and rescue him from it and all would be well, yet the reality being quite different.
Thoroughly recommended and easy to read. It is not a pitying cry of 'oh look how bad it was for me' but more a tale of a boy's passage through the precarious care system of the 50/60s England.
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