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The Throwaway Boy Hardcover – 7 Apr 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844545652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844545650
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alix Chapel is a supporter of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) and devotes much of her time to volunteering, fundraising, and writing.

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This book is very useful - buy it for anyone who talks too much about themselves. Because that's what the author does, incessantly. Whoever you buy this book for will soon realise why such behaviour is so off-putting, in a way that is impossible to describe just by telling them.

I do not mean to denigrate what happened to Billy. And the author's support of her husband is commendable. It is just that I have read a number of "mis lit" books and this one is the worst, simply because so much of the book is about Alix (the subject's wife), not Billy (the subject).

The book is written in three modes - flashbacks to Alix's childhood, flashbacks to Billy's childhood and Alix & Billy as adults as the story comes out. In my opinion, the former is irrelevant and self-indulgent and therefore should have been edited out. And the story does not start to come out until over 50% of the way through the book, to the extent that I question the relevance of much of the first 50%.

I felt as if I was swimming through treacle, yet hanging on in there owing to the seriousness of the subject matter. Having reached the end, I wish I had done what some other reviewers had done and simply given up on the book.

It is with regret that I write such a negative review about so serious a topic. It is just that we learn SO little about the author's husband and SO much about the author. It's like me writing a biography about someone, you buying it and finding out that the vast majority of the book is about me.
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It took me ages to read the book. The reason I have finished it was that I felt for the writer and I actually found out that there were many approaches in life I have in common with her. The story was touching and I understood from beginning that she was not actually writing her husband's story, but her own. And it was ok with me. I still feel the book was worth reading. I felt sorry for her and for what she had sacrificed to help the man she loves. I would give the book 4 stars, but the tediousness of some parts made me not to. The author meant well as she tried to explain and accurately describe all the stuff in her head and her life, but for me (and many others, judging according to a few reviews) it feels like a sort of memory dissection. Every single idea is being turned around and around. However I understand purpose of this and I acknowledge that the author is not in fact professional writer. The purpose of this book was not literary and I think and hope that the intended purpose was achieved. I admire her in a way and wish her and her husband nice and peaceful life.
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I read this book and was dissapointed, I felt I learnt more about the authors childhood than billys and for that Im sad, I love the survival instinct Billy has and understand this must have been hard on his wife. I also see the point in his wife explaining how different their childhoods were but in the end I skipped everytime the author started talking about her childhood as it happened to often in the book for me.
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Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down, and I found myself chilled everytime I was reminded, that it is in fact a work of non-fiction. This story of survival and support is very moving, and deeply touching. The author writes with a clever and self-less hand, filling this book with wonderful and very real descriptions, and delightful moments of humour, all the while maintaining a commendable respect for her husband's dignity. A significant book, not just because it is so well done, but also because it is such an important story. The more people who read and become aware of what happened to Billy and how his heroic wife firmly supported him, the more good it can do for other survivors, spouses of survivors, and the general public who until reading it, may well have little idea of how some have suffered.
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I read some reviews on here before I purchased this book Indicating that the story was more about the wife and her experiences than the husband. I understand why, as she wrote the book, but I agree with other reviewers that it was too much all about her. Not the best read hence a 2 star score for me.
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i thought that this was a really good book. looking at how a wife had, did and still copes with life. living with a husband that has suffered as a child and as an adult has to come to face his past. It shows how broken the husband became mentally, and how his wife had to deal, cope and struggle to keep going and above all stand by her husband when he didn't even know what he needed. it made a change to read a book that shows how difficult it is in adult life, for the loved ones of a victim/survivor, and how the past has a huge impact on them as well as the one who suffered all them years ago. for me it came across as a story of a ordinary woman who was strong even at the lowest point, a woman of courage and above all endless and none judgmental love.
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This book was inspirational to me. I was abused for a lot of years and I have only just come to terms with it at the age of 70 so it was great to hear of someone who went through so much but is now able to work towards closure much earlier than myself. I sincerely hope that Billy works it through to the end and enjoys a wonderful life with his wife who has supported him through thick and thin. Good luck to you both!
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