- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (3 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091898226
- ISBN-13: 978-0091898229
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just A Boy: The True Story Of A Stolen Childhood Paperback – 3 Mar 2005
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Richard McCann's mother, Wilma, was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper in 1975. Many people will remember those awful years when headlines were in the media everyday about the victims of Sutcliffe. But I wonder how many people have given any real thought about how the deaths of those victims affected their families? McCann's book gives a clear insight into how the media and social systems further abuse these innocent victims.
McCann's style of writing is very moving; it is not complex - it is straight to the point and hits the reader with a huge impact. I have spent 25 years working with both children and adults who have experienced abuse and can assure readers that this book truly reflects the world of victims of abuse. The book is honest, powerful and emotive; yet is it not sensationalised in any way - it is a true account.
McCann starts the book from the morning his mother did not come home. He then takes the reader through his childhood, where he and his siblings experienced extreme forms of physical and emotional abuse. His younger adulthood was also filled with trauma and torment BUT McCann is an incredibly determined person who survives and makes a success of his life. He starts to find some fulfilment.
What I love about this book is that it will educate all sorts of people. It will help victims of abuse who currently feel despondent or anyone who has been bereaved; it will give them hope and demonstrates that survival is achievable.Read more ›
As Richard's Mum was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper the subject matter is disturbing but it is told from a child's point of view and gives us a valuable insight into how the family coped in the aftermath.
I have actually heard Richard speak publically about his life and he truly is an inspiration to all ages.
GOOD LUCK IH THE FUTURE RICHARD
Well done Richard - looking forward to your next one !!!
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Heartbreaking true story about the children left behind in The Ripper tragedyPublished 4 months ago by Happy Talk
Read with a box of tissues handy. Couldn't put it down though. So emotional.Published 5 months ago by Minchie
After following Richard McCsnn more recently in his adult years as a motivational speaker I wanted to read his book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by helen clark
Reading Richards story is about the tragic and devastating life he as endured after the murder of his mum, was difficult and heartbreaking to say the least . Read morePublished 6 months ago by carol
great gift for someone after she went to a talk by Richard and was inspiredPublished 13 months ago by PatMarsland
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