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Never to Return: The Harrowing Story of a Stolen Childhood by [Reid, Sandy]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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About the Author

Sandy Reid is one of the Travellers spokesmen who have recently demanded an official apology from the government for a 'stolen generation' of children snatched from their families by the authorities only to be left to suffer physical and mental abuse in children's homes and with foster families.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845022238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845022235
  • ASIN: B006VL1IGC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sandy's book portrays only too clearly how Scotland regarded her indigenous Travelling People. Tearing children from their mothers' arms and losing them forever in the Welfare system with no contact whatsoever with their families. Taking them to a life where they were treated at best with total apathy and at worst with mental, physical and sexual abuse. And this was considered better for the child than being with his family? I don't think so! A heart breaking tale told beautifully. Well done Sandy! Mary
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Sandy's courageous story makes essential reading for anyone who either works with 'looked after children' or who has experience of being 'looked after'. Sandy provides a graphic picture of how important continued sibling / family contact (providing it is safe to do so) is for all children who have been removed from their parents, how crucial it is that those who have responsibility for 'looked after' children actually listen to them and see them as 'children in need' not simply as a 'case', and that how vulnerable children are when they are living in the 'system'. Above all, Sandy reminds us that despite all the talk and aspirations of a profession wanting to value diversity and embrace different lifestyles, frequently social work practice has been guilty of imposing dominant family values on those families which have a long tradition of being different, in his case 'Scottish Tinkers'.

Eddie O'Hara
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This isn't the sort of book that I usually read. More known for reading anything by, amongst others, Stephen King, James Patterson and Tom Clancy, I saw this book on an e-mailed list of Kindle books that Amazon thought I might be interested in. At first I went straight past it and looked at others, but then later that day saw that I still had the e-mail in my inbox as I had forgotten to delete it.

This time I looked a bit closer at it and then, for whatever reason, decided to try it. I bought it, started to read it 4-5 days later, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sandy Reid excellently narrates his childhood, from the moment he was taken from his Scottish family of Tinks until when he was 15 year-old.

Passed from foster family to foster family, children's home to children's home, his innocent charm when very young comes across really well, as does his ability to get himself into trouble. Self-preservation plays a big part in his childhood, as does his struggle to cope with learning respect for his mentors, but he always has his family in his mind - especially his sister Maggie and his mother Mary.
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I know the east coast of fife and in the future when I regularly pass these villages I will view them in a different light. I also spent many years teaching in a unit full of boys like sandy So volatile and often violent but no wonder. Kids like this don't stand a chance in hell. I'm glad he found some love from the wee woman with the sticks and although his auntie and uncle may have loved him they would never be able to give him the care he deserved. Poor sandy.....hope he has found love and happiness.
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I thought it started off quite well but as it went on it got so boring and just far too much bad language throughout......Sorry but I personally would not recommend this book at all and will actually be deleting it from my kindle!
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It's a great read by a boy who had a very difficult and sad life as a child but ended up growing up and enjoying life as a young man. A very sad story and just goes to show what happened away back then.
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I cant recommend this book, as it is so frustrating to read it jumps from 1 subject to the next without warning and it is hard to know what and who he is talking about.

Did manage to get to the end, but not a pleasant or easy read.
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This book should be compulsive reading for all who work with children. I know Elie well as we always went on holiday to our grandparents cottage in Earsferry and never realised this was going on. Shame on the social workers to treat this family and no doubt others, in this way. I remember the tinkers selling pegs, could they have been Sandy's relatives?
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