Gypsy Boy

My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

By Mikey Walsh
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312622084, 278pp.)

Publication Date: February 14, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2012 Indie Next List
“Growing up, I envied and romanticized the culture of freedom and adventure amid a free spirited gypsy life. Gypsy Boy both dispels and confirms some of the myths that surround this world. We are given a rave view into the hostile, secretive, and protective bonds that have allowed the gypsies to continue their way of life, one of persecution and lawlessness, in the modern world. While Walsh endures a harsh life filled with abuse, at the same time he experiences enduring love and protection from his mother and sister, even after his decision to leave the tribe. Difficult to read, but even more difficult to put down, Mikey's transformation and ultimate happiness with his life will have you cheering.”
-- Susan Schlesinger, Books on the Square, Providence, RI


Description

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.




About the Author
MIKEY WALSH left the Gypsy community and moved to London. It is the longest he's ever stayed in one place. He taught himself to read and write and now works at a primary school as a teaching aid and also picks up the formal education he missed out on as a child. He is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir "Gypsy Boy."
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