Gypsy Boy on the Run

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jul 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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This is the incredible story of a boy who escaped from a secret world. Mikey is a Romany Gypsy and grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK. He adored his family and the rich and vibrant Romany culture he'd inherited. Eventually though he was forced to make a heartbreaking decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to finally belong. But Mikey quickly discovers that life in the outside world isn't all he expected. After learning his father had put a contract out on him and that he was being hunted down by gangs of thugs determined to claim their reward, Mikey realises that life will never be the same again. Brimming with unforgettable characters, this extraordinary coming-of-age story will remind you that sometimes it takes courage (and the odd Disney song) to be the person you were meant to be.

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User Review  - JAshleyOdell - LibraryThing

"Expected." That's the best word I can think of for describing "Gypsy Boy on the Run," which I received through the First Reads program. Maybe it's that I've already read so many other books about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Goode - Goodreads

Liked the first book but thought the second one was better :) Read full review

About the author (2011)

Mikey Walsh was one of the first Romany Gypsies ever to write a book. He grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK, and had hardly any schooling. He taught himself to read and write, and his first book Gypsy Boy published in 2008 and became a Number 1 Bestseller. It sold all over the world and a film is currently being made, based on the book.

Growing up, Mikey seldom mixed with anyone outside his community with its colourful characters and strict family code. And despite its violence and hardships, it was the life that Mikey loved.

His second book, Gypsy Boy on the Run follows Mikey as he leaves the Gypsy camp, and takes his first steps in to the real - Gorgia - world, to find a place to belong.

After years of moving home, making new friends and losing loved ones, Mikey finally succumbed to staying put eight years ago. London called him and it is the longest time he has ever lived in one place. Now, Mikey works at a nearby primary school and also picks up the formal education he missed out on as a child.

Mikey has had overwhelming support from all over the world since the publication of Gypsy Boy, including Stephen Fry who tweeted, 'It was a revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant. I shall never forget it - an amazing achievement'. Attitude magazine called it 'the best memoir since Running with Scissors' and even Dermot O'Leary and Dannii Minogue have reviewed it (follow the links to view).

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