The Boy with No Shoes : A Memoir Paperback
Five-year-old Jimmy Rova is the unwanted child of a mother who rejects him, and whose other children bully him.
The one thing he can call his own is a pair of shoes, a present from the only person he feels has ever loved him.
When they are cruelly taken away, Jimmy spirals down into a state of loneliness and terrible loss from which there seems no recovery. This triumphant story of a boy's struggle with early trauma and his remarkable journey into adulthood is based on William Horwood's own remarkable childhood in south-east England after the Second World War.
Using all the skills that went into the creation of his modern classics, Horwood has written an inspiring story of a journey from a past too painful to imagine to the future every child deserves.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 04/04/2005
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780755313181
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Review by yjeva
I thought I had read enough memoirs about sad childhoods but I am glad I didn't miss this one. "A poignant, yet delightful, memoir by the author of the Duncton Wood classics. This triumphant story of a boy's struggle with early trauma and his remarkable journey into adulthod is bast on William Horwood's own heartbreaking boyhood in south-east England after the Second World War. Horwood has painted an unforgettable picture of childhood suffering, personal survival, and the power of faith and courage to turn darkness into light."
Review by alisonking
This is a very sensitive account of the boyhood years of William Horwood, perhaps better known as the author of 'The Duncton Chronicles'. His main sources of comfort during an impoverished childhood were his much loved Grandmother and an old fisherman. It is beautifully written and much more enjoyable than the current crop of 'misery-lit' child abuse biographies.