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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the very first page I was hooked and read on to the end despite having plenty of other things I should have been doing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G F.
Wow! Being a fan of autobiographical work, I was very impressed! The writing is rich, intimate and direct. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Agata Krajewska
A frank, honest and very moving history of someone who was buffeted from place to place as a child, with scant regard for his choices or any authority's attempt to give a child a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. A. J. Hollis
I have known the author, Phil for over seven years since I joined a local public speaking club where Phil is the founder member. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could not put this book down. I was totally absorbed and transported into Phil's incredible journey as a child. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would like to thank Phil Barber for allowing me to take a journey with him through the years of his life covered in this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are as sensitive as me you will feel and relate to this excellent written memoir of the authors childhood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paula
I thought this was a thought provoking, honest, heart-rending account of a young boy's search for love, family and belonging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy
Having personally known Phil for many years I never knew the extent of his childhood years, I guess I never asked! Read morePublished 12 months ago by patricia stewart