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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (27 Aug. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785030787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785030789
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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The deeply moving story of one child’s courage to survive in care in 1970s Britain

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“It was like I was never meant to be in this world.”

When Nigel Cooper was just seven years old, his life took a tragic turn for the worse. After the untimely death of his sister and father, his mother asked social services to take him away – and things would never be the same again. For the next nine years of his life, Nigel was repeatedly rejected by his mum and grew up among bullies, abusers, psychopaths and criminals. At every turn, the system tried to break him, but his spirit could not be broken and it was a miracle that he survived.
Boy is a shocking, disturbing and emotional true story.

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I only got this book a couple of days ago,and have read it already due to the fact that I just couldn't put it down. It was so very very hard hitting to myself, as my mother tryed to also have me put in care when I was only young and she was going through a mental breakdown herself.I was the youngest of my family,suffered a brain haemorrhage, and was always told I was never wanted by my mum and alcoholic father.my mum and dad always favoured my older siblings,and my father still does now even though my mum has passed away.it it home greatly,as children can get caught up in the system so easily.yet in reality,it's the social services that let's them down greatly,not to mention the lack of love we so require when we are growing up.no wonder we grow up with issues when we become older in life.that boy showed great resilience and strength in life,he should be so very proud of all he has achieved. GOD bless xxx
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Nigel Cooper, you deserve a medal my friend for what you had to endure during your childhood. This book is heart-rending and horrific but not for deliberate shock value. This is a man telling us honestly how he was failed by the so-called Care system! Fair play to Nigel for having the guts to find the strength to survive mainly through listening to his favourite punk rock band The Stranglers. Good on you mate! You got through it and came out the other end and got to tell your story.
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Another couldnt put down book,and I am quite horrified at how Nigel was treated by the supposed "carer's". I was getting so angry especially the police who were also included in this brutality....if only they could ALL be brought to justice,just like the Nazies,all no different...and as for his "Mother" ( not worthy of that title ) Id love to give her a smack too. Nigel I hope you have now found peace and are happy...all I wanted to do was get in the book and take you away x
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With almost documentary style of writing this book is a heart-breaking witness statement of brutality and abuse in the British institutional children care homes. This book documents the sad state of affairs in the British so-called care system, seen through the eyes of a young boy who was deprived of love and robbed of his childhood. Ruthless, shocking and seriously troubling. And well done Nigel for punching a few back!
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Great book had me hooked but I was really disappointed with the ending. It felt unfinished and left me wondering how he was getting on in life now. Maybe there's more to come well I hope so anyway. What an awful life he lived but he fought it. Must have been very hard to re-live it in his head to write the book x
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This is a tragic and compelling story of a time when care was the last thing many children got in the care system. Nigel Cooper writes with clarity and feeling but without self pity. It truly is a story of survival when you consider his accomplishments as an adult.
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good book
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One of the best books I have read
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