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Gypsy Boy

Gypsy Boy

**SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH**

‘It was a revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant. I shall never forget it – an amazing achievement’ STEPHEN FRY

‘Brash and frightening and funny’ NEW YORK TIMES

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The Sunday Times bestselling Gypsy Boy was the first commercial memoir written by someone on the inside of the notoriously secretive culture of the Romany Gypsies.

MIKEY WAS BORN into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a closeted community, and little is known about their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something Mikey knows only too well. Growing up, he rarely went to school, and seldom mixed with non-Gypsies. The caravan and camp were his world.

But although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture, his family’s legacy was bittersweet with a hidden history of grief and abuse. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere he could truly belong.

Mikey’s amazing story is continued in the sequel Gypsy Boy on the Run.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 23rd July 2009

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781848945159

Reviews

'Touching, insightful, funny and incredibly shocking' 4*
<i>HEAT</i>
Explosive, sparkling and hugely entertaining - this is a twisted fairytale from a truly original mind
Hayley Atwell, star of <i>The Duchess</i> and <i>Brideshead Revisited</i>
Gypsy Boy is a brilliant but bittersweet story, which reads like a magical fairytale. Although he could be excused for doing so, Mikey never descends into self pity - and has found the perfect balance between humour and harsh reality. Gypsy Boy sits somewhere between the grittiness of Irvine Welsh, and the charming warmth of Frank McCourt.
Dermot O'Leary
best memoir since Running with Scissors
<i>Attitude</i>