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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.
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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