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The Forgotten Child: The Powerful True Story of a Boy Abandoned as a Baby and Left to Die

The Forgotten Child: The Powerful True Story of a Boy Abandoned as a Baby and Left to Die
 

Based on a true story, The Forgotten Child is a heart-breaking memoir of an abandoned newborn baby left to die, his tempestuous upbringing, and how he came through the other side.

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ISBN 9780008320768
Barcode 9780008320768
Published 5 April 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Gallear, Richard
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ISBN-13 9780008320768
ISBN-10 0008320764
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 5 April 2019
International Publication Date 21 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gallear, Richard
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Child Abuse
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 230g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Abandoned children - Great Britain, Child abuse - Great Britain, Foster home care - History - Great Britain
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 362.76092
Catalogue Code 968687

Description of this Book

Based on a true story, The Forgotten Child is a heart-breaking memoir of an abandoned newborn baby left to die, his tempestuous upbringing, and how he came through the other side. It's a freezing winter's night in 1954. A baby boy, a few hours old, is left by his mother, wrapped in nothing but two sheets of newspaper and hidden amongst the undergrowth by a canal bank. An hour later, a late-shift postman is walking wearily home when he hears a faint cry. He finds the newspaper parcel and discovers the newborn, white-cold and whimpering, inside. After being rushed to hospital and against all odds, the baby survives. He's baptised by the hospital chaplain as Richard. Everything feels as though it's looking up; Richard is put into local authority care and regains his health. However, after nearly five blissful years in a rural care home filled with loving friends, it soon unfolds that his turbulent start in life is only the beginning... Based on a devastating true story, this inspirational memoir follows Richard's traumatic birth, abusive childhood, and search for the truth.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `An incredible story of survival.' The Sun
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Richard was the name given to the baby found by the canal by the hospital staff. Gallear was the surname of his adoptive abuser. Throughout the trials and terrors of his childhood, Richard survived to tell the tale in this book. Now in his sixties, he lives in the West Midlands, not far from the Canal towpath where he was found that first freezing night of his life. Despite his ignominious start, and cruel upbringing Richard's first five years in a happy children's home, combined with his determination to stay alive as a baby and later an abused child, has helped him to grow up into a balanced and compassionate adult with loyal friends who are his family. His quest for the truth of his origins has been a long journey, but now that he knows at last, he feels at peace with it all. In his case, the truth really has set him free.

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