The Throwaway Boy Hardcover – 7 Apr 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I struggled to read this book to the end. This is a missed opportunity of a different perspective, blighted by the egotistical need of the wife to document how this impacts and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really could not put this down,it stirred a few skeletons for me and i could relate to some of the content.It is also written really well.Highly recommend reading..Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer