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"Poignant & eye opening…"
From the title I thought this book might be a tad on the political side but it was about how maggie inspired the author through his youth and helped him strive for a better life. It tells the story of a young boy growing up in Scotland, faced with economical and much much family change throughout his formative years and ultimately his "coming out". A very interesting read.Read moreLess
"readable and engaging…"
At times it's hard to read about Damian's early life - you feel for the wee boy he was and his attempts to look out for his sister while coping with a chaotic family environment.
His determination to make a success of his life is touching, as is the invaluable support he gets from some of his teachers. And his close friendships are warmly described.
You don't have to be Scottish to appreciate this book, but if you are the dialogue and the descriptions of the council schemes perhaps come across with particular clarity.
Quite an amazing life story - recommended.Read moreLess
"A lovely and absorbing read.…"
I really enjoyed reading this emotional roller coaster of a book. Though it tells of many horrors, it is not written with a voice of self pity but one of great understanding and maturity beyond the writer's years at the time. It is very comical also and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when reading.
I found the book to be a wonderfully written, heart breaking and heart warming read, dotted with many mentions of popular culture - TV programmes, music etc - to really give a clear picture of what life was like at the time. I couldn't stop reading and once I had reached the end, I wanted to read more!Read moreLess
"One of those books you don't want to put down…"
Despite the fact this is a sober, at times bleak read, this book is hard to put down. It is written both with humour and with sentiment, and at times makes you want to shriek with rage for the injustices that occur to the author as a child.
This is an author to watch.Read moreLess
"A sharp,frank memoir of a difficult childhood…"
This is a memoir of a very difficult upbringing and at times it made uncomfortable reading.Barr writes beautifully,presenting his story without bitterness or sentimentality.There are passages that will make you want to reach in and pluck the poor wretch from his terrible,neglected environment. There are also passages that will make you laugh out loud and Barr clearly has a great sense of humour.
This is not a book about Margaret Thatcher but more a description of her influence on his life choices, the importance of education to get on.
The story moves along at a good pace.A wonderful,flowing prose with a sparking intelligence.Barr really is a talented writer and this book is so worth a read.The happy ending is knowing that Barr,despite the early deprevation,neglect and inner turmoil,rose to success.
Thrilled to have received this in the book giveaway,Thank you.Read moreLess
"A captivating, base, insightfully brave story of stark hardship and joyous self realisation.…"
Captivating from the first paragraph, this story takes you through the abusively harsh childhood of the author as he grows, realising his sexual orientation. The skilful writing combines suffering and positivity in a touching way; at times it is both graphic and explicit, yet comes from a down-to-earth view point using inspiring humour.
Whilst this story is set in it's time, those of us who believe that politicians are all the same and of little effect, have something to learn from this book.
The feeling I am left with after closing the cover is heartwarming optimism. That the author survived his childhood with his wit, character and lyrical brilliance in tact is a testament to the strength of human nature.
A highly recommended inspiring read.Read moreLess