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The Boy With No Shoes (2004)

by William Horwood

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Loved William Horwood's fiction as a child but found thid book difficult to read ( )
  LornaR | Apr 27, 2010 |
Hope struggles to overcome despair - unsure about which is the winner
  chrisleeclark | May 21, 2009 |
This is a very sensitive account of the boyhood years of William Horwood, perhaps better known as the author of 'The Duncton Chronicles'. His main sources of comfort during an impoverished childhood were his much loved Grandmother and an old fisherman. It is beautifully written and much more enjoyable than the current crop of 'misery-lit' child abuse biographies. ( )
1 vote alisonking | May 19, 2008 |
I thought I had read enough memoirs about sad childhoods but I am glad I didn't miss this one. "A poignant, yet delightful, memoir by the author of the Duncton Wood classics. This triumphant story of a boy's struggle with early trauma and his remarkable journey into adulthod is bast on William Horwood's own heartbreaking boyhood in south-east England after the Second World War. Horwood has painted an unforgettable picture of childhood suffering, personal survival, and the power of faith and courage to turn darkness into light." ( )
1 vote yjeva | Jun 6, 2007 |
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Ich heiße Jimmy, und vor langer, langer Zeit, ver dem anderen Jungen und dem Mädchen, vor meiner dunklen Zeit und bevor mir Oma zu Hilfe kam, gab es in meinem Leben einen ganz besonderen Mann.
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'The Boy With No Shoes' is struggling to exist in 1950s seaside Kent. His father is an abstract memory, his brother has been hollowed by abuse, at school he must face the soul-destroying Captain Flax and at home his mother has been washed away by family secrets.… (more)

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