Tommy takes me back to my childhood, which in ways mirrors my childhood, in as much as you learned quickly how to look after yourself, there is sadness, horror and lots of laughter in it. Thanks Tommy, I am enjoying this m8.
The follow up to "1963, a slice of bread and jam" a moving at times and funny at others, but the terrible failings of the system at that time is horrific, but it is written without any self pity, if you have read Tommy's first book you must read this follow up, and I understand from the author himself that he has just started writing the 3rd and final book based on his life story. The sub title of this 2nd book "putting a child in care is not caring for a child" says it all. A cracking read
I have written this review as both books by Tommy have touched me so much .Tommy shows such bravery honesty and from me so much admiration such strength in his story so powerful I hope that individuals having found themselves in similiar circumstances draw hope and know there is help support and someone willing to listen and bring eventually the perpetrators to justice and it can be possible to move forward and live your life.Tommy your story by bringing things out into the open will inspire people has it has done for me I wish you freedom from your past and a healthy life with your family xxxxxx
Because of the subject matter it feels wrong to say I enjoyed this but I did. Humour lightens the load and made me giggle out loud at times..thank you for making us who had good childhoods aware of the terrible times some children were subjected to.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That is what Tommy has written in this emotional, moving work. He has put on paper what thousands, if not thousands of young men, Boys and now older men had to go through in the 1960's and 70's at the hand of despicable tyrants and bullies under the guise of care. An excellent read, full of emotion, sorrow and more than a touch of light hatred humor. It's true story of human injustice, abuse and sorrow, I know it's true because was Boy number 9.