Nigel's writing makes a visceral impact right from the first sentence. He survives a relentless onslaught of emotional neglect and rejection, coupled with almost daily physical abuse from his peers and, shockingly, from those appointed as so-called caregivers. It is a remarkable story not just of survival, but of exploring and developing his interests and talents after a childhood and adolescence deprived of any regular access to education and affection. Reading this book was like being rabbit-punched to the gut again and again. His style is clear and direct, and draws the reader in easily without any affectation or self-pity.