Pub Date 17 Apr 2019
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From the Sunday Times Bestselling author Tommy Rhattigan, the follow-up to 1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam
Placing a child in care doesn’t mean caring for a child.
When little Tommy Rhattigan was taken into care in 1964 aged just 8, he entered a closed-off world of institutionalised sexual abuse.
Moved between a care home in Manchester to a reform school in Liverpool, the state was supposed to pick up the duty of care that his parents had failed to give him. But instead, separated from his siblings, young Tommy was thrown to the wolves.
Tommy Rhattigan takes us, in his own inimitable way, back to his own childhood of pranks, cruelty and laughter grown from a need to survive his daily torment and to stick two fingers up to the system that was failing him so spectacularly.
Praise for 1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam
‘Tommy’s book is a stark but funny and heartwarming snapshot of one year growing up in crippling poverty in an Irish traveller family ruled by an abusive, alcoholic father and a drunken, neglectful mother.’ – Daily Mirror
‘The subject matter, which might have been depressing in other hands becomes truly vivid and spontaneous as though seen through the eyes of the children...’ – Amazon reader review