Gypsy boy : my life in the secret world of the Romany Gypsies

by Walsh, Mikey.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Biography 92 Walsh
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Walsh
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 305.89 WALSH
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 305.89 WALSH
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 WALSH Mikey
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B WALSH 2012
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Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 WALSH
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An Eye-Opening Memoir of Growing Up Gypsy

Mikey Walsh was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a secluded 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 didn't go to school, he seldom mixed with non-Gypsies, and the caravan became his world. It was a rich and unusual upbringing, but although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture his family's legacy was bittersweet, with a hidden history of violence and grief. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonizing decision--to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong.

Gypsy Boy shows, for the first time, what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies. A surprise #1 bestseller in Great Britain, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir of a little-seen world, one both fascinating and heartbreaking.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A runaway number-one best-seller in the UK following its 2009 release, this controversial memoir is being made into a feature film and has already spawned a sequel. Having written the book under a pseudonym to protect himself and his family, Walsh has ongoing concerns for his safety after leaving the highly secretive Romany Gypsy community 15 years ago, and his true identity has not been publicly revealed. He claims his ultraviolent father once put a contract out on his life. He was born into a roving caravan of outsiders, brutally abused as a child (both physically by his father and sexually by an uncle), and never received any formal education growing up. He is also gay. This kind of harrowing life story is a publisher's dream and, in our post-James Frey world, skeptical detractors have made accusations regarding the book's authenticity. But none of that would make a lick of difference if this wasn't a gripping and heartfelt page-turner. Calling it enjoyable, however, is a big stretch. There are gasp-worthy moments on almost every page, and, if every word is true, it's a miracle Walsh survived at all, let alone found happiness and success.--Keech, Chris Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "First-time author Mikey Walsh provides an unsentimental and compelling look at the louche and brutal culture of Romany Gypsies in the U.K. Walsh's education began at age four with training as a bare-knuckle boxer, a family tradition. "Training" meant a decade's worth of his father beating him up. Walsh's sensitivity left him open to further abuse, both sexual and otherwise. His sole escape was the company of other semiferal Gypsy children and in school; unfortunately, Gypsies frown on school, and he was put to work at age 12 in his father's scams. Walsh's realization of his homosexuality drove him to escape a world where he would always be a pariah. Walsh analyzes the grotesqueries of Gypsy life in painful detail-garish trailers, stifling family ties, crime and crudeness, and the constricted options for women who are considered old maids at 21. Yet despite his gruesome experiences, he also praises the fierce loyalty and cultural continuity that have allowed Gypsies to maintain their dignity in the face of hatred for centuries. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Walsh, Mikey.
Romanies -- England -- Biography.
Young gay men -- England -- Biography.
Romanies -- England -- Social life and customs.
England -- Ethnic relations.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,2012
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2009.
Description 278 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780312622084 (hardcover)
0312622082 (hardcover)
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