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Looked After

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399711920

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 13th June 2024

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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A MOVING, HONEST MEMOIR FROM BROADCASTER AND JOURNALIST ASHLEY JOHN-BAPTISTE ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE BRITISH CARE SYSTEM



‘This is a book that everyone must read. No matter how you grew up it’s for you: it’ll make you rethink your own childhood and your relationships with everyone you know. It’s funny, moving and of course it’s often sad. But mainly it’s a beautiful and fascinating and enlightening portrait of the care system, a world that is barely understood by many of us. It is also a proper page turner: the twists and turns and set-backs of his childhood are as gripping as they are shocking. I genuinely couldn’t put it down.

This story is more urgent and relevant now than ever.’ – Xand van Tulleken


‘Ashley John-Baptiste joins a high class of writing by upstanding respectful and honourable citizens and professionals, professors and actors, lawyers, doctors, artists and authors, all who happen to have had a life in care. We have every right to tell our story as much as anyone else. Welcome, Ashley.’ – Lemn Sissay


‘An inspiring story of triumph over adversity.’ – Fatima Whitbread


‘Ashley has done the country a great service in shining a light on the inhumane – and at times brutal – way that society supports this most vulnerable group of children. Every politician should read this book and commit to fixing the system.’ – Sharon White



Ashley John-Baptiste grew up in the British care system, living with five different families, without ever being truly part of a family.

It wasn’t easy, or straightforward, and Ashley’s ever-changing living situation affected every single part of his life – from his education to his sense of identity to his friendships and his hobbies. And yet, throughout everything his childhood in care threw at him, Ashley remained resilient and found a way to take advantage of the opportunities that came his way.

Now Ashley feels able to tell us – vividly and movingly – how, when it felt like the world was turning its back on him, he refused to be an outsider in his own home and set about establishing a new and positive life for himself.

Looked After is a memoir written from the heart that pulls no punches but demonstrates that given encouragement and love – and, sometimes, a second chance – a care-experienced boy can become a successful broadcaster, a loving husband and a proud father.

Reviews

An inspiring story of triumph over adversity.
Fatima Whitbread
Ashley John Baptiste joins a high class of writing by upstanding respectful and honourable citizens and professionals, professors and actors, lawyers, doctors, artists and authors, all who happen to have had a life in care. We have every right to tell our story as much as anyone else. Welcome, Ashley.
Lemn Sissay
Ashley has done the country a great service in shining a light on the inhumane - and at times brutal - way that society supports this most vulnerable group of children. Every politician should read this book and commit to fixing the system.
Sharon White
This is a book that everyone must read. No matter how you grew up it's for you: it'll make you rethink your own childhood and your relationships with everyone you know. It's funny, moving and of course it's often sad. But mainly it's a beautiful and fascinating and enlightening portrait of the care system, a world that is barely understood by many of us. It is also a proper page turner: the twists and turns and set-backs of his childhood are as gripping as they are shocking. I genuinely couldn't put it down. This story is more urgent and relevant now than ever.
Xand van Tulleken
Beautifully written, with such immediacy, clarity and warmth
Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL

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