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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 triumphantFive-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....

Title : The Boy with No Shoes
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ISBN : 9780755313181
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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The Boy with No Shoes Reviews

  • Lance Greenfield
    2019-05-01 06:25

    Brilliantly narratedReading my way through this book was like walking through a hall of mirrors at a fairground. Every turn revealed a new reflection of an aspect of my own childhood. Some were distorted more than others, but the story of the life of Jimmy Rova, told in the first person singular, evoked many poignant memories.Jimmy tells the story of his difficult early life, and the interactions with those around him. When he progresses, against the odds, into grammar school, life gets even tougher for him. The descriptions of the highs and lows in his life cannot fail to stir the readers' emotions. This is a gripping read and it is so obviously wrapped around the personal experiences of the author. Having been previously so deeply moved by "Skallagrigg," I should not have been at all surprised to be just as deeply moved by this book by William Horwood.I am sure that there are many who, like me, will see reflections of their own lives as they read The Boy With No Shoes. However, there has got to be something here for everyone. I would not hesitate to recommend the read to anyone, and I am confident that my friends will thank me for doing so.Footnote: If this sweeps you along on an emotional roller-coaster, you should definitely read SKALLAGRIGG by the same author.

  • Andy Lane
    2019-05-12 08:29

    One of the most poignant and moving books I have ever read for a while; one that has helped me put my own childhood into context and given me fresh hope that I might not have been quite as bad or stupid as I was made to feel I was all those years ago. But would I have tried so hard to prove them all wrong if I hadn't had those experiences, who knows?

  • Sarah Potter
    2019-05-21 06:20

    This is the most moving book I've read in years. I'm not someone who normally enjoys memoirs but one of my friends insisted on lending me her treasured copy of "The Boy with No Shoes" and I fell in love with it from page one. All the way through this story of William Horwood's childhood, written in the most breathtaking prose, I thought how can a boy with such a harrowing start in life, end up achieving so much in adulthood? It seems that despite his dysfunctional family and bumpy ride educationally, he met some key people who loved, encouraged, supported and, most importantly, believed in him. Having had a late start learning to read, he managed to pass the entry examinations for Grammar School and, later, to university where he obtained a first class honours degree. Those of you who have read his published works, including "Duncton Wood" and "Skallagrigg", will already know of him as an exceedingly gifted and lyrical writer.If you want to take a ride on an emotional rollercoaster, then "The Boy with No Shoes" is just the book for you. A person who survives a childhood like that deserves a medal for bravery. You will laugh, cry, and rage with him, as well as applaud him for his triumphs and demands of justice for others.A book for your "must buy" list.

  • Pip
    2019-04-28 08:10

    I loved this memoir. It was written like a fairy story about a boy struggling to overcome some evil forces and find a place in the world. Each chapter was like a self contained vignette. The book was quite surreal but had a dark undertone - probably because it was derived from lived experience.

  • Iain
    2019-05-06 06:12

    Fantastic. This memoir highlights the fragility of the human mind, while demonstrating how strength of spirit can win through. A very moving book. Should be on the national curriculum.

  • Claire
    2019-04-27 05:22

    An excellent read. Based in a town where my family used to live, it adds to the interest. This author is incredible.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-11 10:15

    This memoir is very sad, but ultimately a testament to being able to dream of better things and still respect others even after people in the past have wronged you.

  • Faith
    2019-04-26 12:25

    A childhood memoir by English author William Horwood. A touching, beautifully sad story. Very well told. The book seems more like a novel than like a memoir. Wonderful.

  • Anica Kerr
    2019-05-12 10:20

    I love a good memoir or biography and this book did not disappoint me. Even though Jimmy had a deeply sad and hard life, the story told was not depressing. I loved how true to life it was and the way it highlighted how a few key people can make a significant impact on ones life, good and bad.

  • Pat Osment
    2019-04-26 08:18

    A wonderful book so well written and so moving.The heartache of a small boy desperate to feel love from anyone just moved me to seemed every time something gave him alittle piece of happiness the "The Dark times" would come back usually by the deeds of his cruel mother, and he would be plunged into despair.I felt he summed his feelings up perfectly when he said "Home is not a place or a building but the people inside who give it warmth and meaning and the eternal longing to return.Thats why with Ma I never had one"I desperately want to read more of his work.I can't recommend highly enough that everyone should read this book.

  • G.K.
    2019-04-30 12:16

    Simply Brilliant!What a story! Probably one of the best I've ever read. When I was reading it, I couldn't put it down and now I've finished it, I can't stop thinking about it. The book follows a boy from first memory to adulthood. It's all so real and evocative of life in a small coastal town in fifties England. While we've all met characters like the ones encountered in the story, they are so credible, so finely drawn, so easy to relate to and yet they are all so individual.The adventures that befall our narrator had me feeling angry, sad, full of admiration or laughing out loud. In fact at some time I felt every human emotion. this book is simply brilliant!

  • Paula
    2019-04-23 07:16

    I don't generally read misery memoirs but I was familiar with the author's fictional work, so I thought that I'd give this a try. I found it to be a haunting book, the skill of the writer comes through with every turn of phrase. I also found that amongst the misery that he included 2 incidents which restored my faith in humanity- those moments shine out in the book. Not sure that enjoyable is the word to use but certainly a goodread

  • Bhavya
    2019-05-03 11:31

    3.25 starsBefore saying anything, I just want to state that I know this book is a man's journey, his struggle and his light at the end of the tunnel. So.Now as a reader: this book has quite a few highs and lows. There were parts which made me just... stop And then there were the parts I wished were written more strongly.But anyway, a good book to read, a better book yet to say 'Always Keep Fighting'

  • Camille
    2019-05-22 08:06

    A fantastically compelling recount of a boy's childhood in Kent from the 50s with a particular unpleasant mother and teacher. Luckily the bullies were balanced by wonderfully generous characters in equal measure. A great read.

  • Diana
    2019-05-23 12:21

    In weniger als 24 Stunden durchgelesen - das spricht für sich, finde ich!

  • Holly
    2019-05-22 09:01

    I really liked this in a sad, depressing way. It is a touching story (again, in England...) of a boy's childhood and the hardships and simple joys he encounters.

  • Julie
    2019-05-19 12:24

    This book really tugged at my heartstrings. Beautifully written

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-22 11:04

    loved the book, sad in many places just wanted to pick Jimmy up and look after him. Life was never easy, but good people passed through his life, which made him understand that love was there.

  • Irene
    2019-05-22 08:08

    A very moving, but also depressing book.

  • Hilary
    2019-05-12 04:15

    A beautifully written memoir from William Horwood.Just like his novels, the writing is almost poetry.A really moving life story.Really enjoyable

  • Brenda
    2019-05-12 07:27

    This was a very thought provoking book which really got into the little boys feelings, you may need tissues for this one as sad in places.

  • Pam
    2019-04-29 11:14

    Excellent until it descended into tawdry, explicit writing. So the four stars are for the first part of the book. I would give nil for the latter part.

  • Norhan Zaher
    2019-04-27 04:27

    i realized how much i hate autobiographies

  • Anna
    2019-05-19 10:20

    Breathe taking, a beautiful and important book. Every brutal punch is softened by a pillow of subtle kindness.