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The Boy With No Shoes: A Memoir

William Horwood

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Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction, Poverty & unemployment

By the author of the bestselling Duncton Wood chronicles, William Horwood's THE BOY WITH NO SHOES is an imaginative memoir of exceptional power, destined to make literary history

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.

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Praise for The Boy With No Shoes: A Memoir

  • Beautifully written - Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller

  • A powerfully moving memoir - Daily Telegraph

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William Horwood

William Horwood was born in Oxford in 1944, the illegitimate last child of five. He was a feature editor with the Daily Mail until 1978 when he began work on the first of his now classic Duncton Chronicles series which became instant international bestsellers.

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