This Boy

Author: Alan Johnson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448110483

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8822

Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens. This Boy is one man’s story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.

This Boy's Life

A Memoir

Author: Tobias Wolff

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802198600

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8070

This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.

Beware This Boy

Author: Maureen Jennings

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 0771043147

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 8117

November, 1940. Tom Tyler, Detective Inspector of the small Shropshire town of Whitchurch, is a troubled man. The preceding summer had been a dark one for Britain, and even darker for Tom's own family and personal life. So he jumps at the opportunity to help out in the nearby city of Birmingham, where an explosion in a munitions factory has killed or badly injured several of the young women who have taken on dangerous work in support of the war effort. At first, it seems more than likely the explosion was an accident, and Tom has only been called in because the forces are stretched thin. But as he talks to the employees of the factory, inner divisions -- between the owner and his employees, between unionists and workers who fear communist infiltration -- begin to appear. Put that together with an AWOL young soldier who unwittingly puts all those he loves at risk and a charming American documentary filmmaker who may be much more than he seems, and you have a page-turning novel that bears all the hallmarks of Maureen Jennings' extraordinary talent: a multi-faceted mystery, vivid characters, snappy dialogue, and a pitch-perfect sense of the era of the Blitz, when the English were pushed to their limits and responded with a courage and resilience that still inspires.

This Boy's Faith

Notes from a Southern Baptist Upbringing

Author: Hamilton Cain

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307463966

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2535

An unforgettable memoir about growing up Southern, grappling with faith, and confronting a childhood colored by religion, Bible Belt culture, and a mother who minces words better than a food processor A child stumbles upon a vintage photograph and glimpses salvation. A young girl vanishes in a famous cavern when she runs away from her tour group. A hijacked plane circles overhead, its passengers’ lives in jeopardy. A mystical stranger, a refugee from the Holocaust, seals off her secrets behind an elusive smile. From simple blessings to historical tragedies to random twists of fate, This Boy’s Faith plumbs the uncanny mysteries and surprising revelations at the heart of a Southern Baptist childhood. Hamilton Cain came to Jesus on a trampoline, or as his devout parents described it, “He just jumped and bounced his way to the Lord.” Growing up in Tennessee in the 1970s and ’80s, he set himself on the path to becoming the best Baptist boy he could be. The veil between the concrete and the magical shimmered all around him, nourishing his soul. Religion was a map to help him navigate his life, to steer away from the reefs of temptation. Yet as he grew older, Hamilton began to notice fractures and cracks in a world that had once promised sanctuary and transcendence, perils threatening to shatter the protective shell of family and community. Like an escape artist, he cut himself free from his evangelical milieu, and eventually gravitated north, to cosmopolitan New York. Twenty years later, the smooth flow of Hamilton’s life reversed itself yet again when his first child was born with a grave genetic disease. Thrown into a chasm of confusion and despair, he found the primal voices of his original culture reaching out to him. He picked up that faded, half-forgotten script to see what values, if any, could steady him in the here and now. The result is a story of growing up Baptist, and then growing up. Haunting, evocative, and gorgeously written, Hamilton Cain’s debut will resonate with fans of poignant personal memoir, readers interested in faith and spirituality, and anyone who has known what it’s like to engage the complexities and contradictions of one’s past. From the Hardcover edition.

This Boy This Man/A Suicide Note

Author: Gregory Spillman


ISBN: 145836416X


Page: 306

View: 4479

A deeply disturbing true account of existence trapped inside addiction and mental illness, This Boy...This Man paints a profoundly vivid portrait of a pitch black world of delusions, suicidal fixation, and alcoholic destruction. Twisted and labryhtine, Gregory George Spillman's excruciating journey into madness screams for acknowledgement and begs for understanding. You cannot rise, though, if you have never fallen. Step by agonizing step he would commit to the treatments that led him to the faith that salvaged him. Often darkly humorous and often painfully poignant, this is the enlightening truth of his tale.

Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides: This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

Author: Nick Konstantatos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139948776

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

View: 9964

Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides are an invaluable digital resource for all students of senior English. This guide for Area of Study 1 will help you develop the confidence you need to write essays throughout the year, and to build your skills in reading and responding in readiness for the end of year exam. Cambridge Checkpoints VCE Text Guides for Area of Study 1 offer you: ; Detailed character analysis ; Discussion of themes, ideas and values ; A focus on the language features and conventions of your text ; Revision questions ; Sample topics ; Practice essays and essay writing tips ; Comprehensive reference lists

This Boy

Author: Pippa Goodhart

Publisher: Collins Educational

ISBN: 9780007464708

Category: Paranormal fiction

Page: 39

View: 2288

Kerry hates her new school. She doesn't think much of the new house either, as it's full of strange noises. While waiting by the old war memorial for her mum to come home, she meets a boy. He seems nice, but very sad about something. And he's dressed a bit oddly too.

This Boy

Author: F. Mark Granato

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537721408


Page: 502

View: 9617

FROM CAMELOT TO DESPAIR IN A SINGLE DECADE In an instant, young Danny Logan fell in love with a girl and a career. Only one was faithful. Growing up on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut's South End in the tumultuous 1960's was a challenge in itself. For Logan, it meant having sharp wits, rock solid values and pride. But when he meets a girl who captures his heart with a single glance, he is torn between the neighborhood he knows - the place where he belongs - and a world of wealth beyond his dreams in a mansion at Fenwick on the shores of Long Island Sound. When disloyalty crushes his fantasy, he finds a new life as a newspaperman covering the violence and divisiveness of racial unrest in the City and the bloody Vietnam conflict. His journey as a reporter and editor takes him through the headlines that mark the worst of the 60's and 70's, and harden him to the harsh realities of a new world.

This Boy's Life

Author: Paul Dixey

Publisher: Vivlia Limited

ISBN: 1909833223

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 2050

Autobiography of my life from earliest childhood memories to my upbringing in the Cameroons. From Soldier to bricklayer and finally to oil rig worker.


Author: Natalia Ginzburg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783803125637


Page: 187

View: 5413



Schönes und Schreckliches aus meiner Kinderzeit

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499156939

Category: Authors, English

Page: 200

View: 3598


If You See This Boy

Author: K. Parry

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499396461

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 2463

It took little time for four year old Harry Styles, and the new kid on the block, six year old Louis Tomlinson, to become the best of friends. The boys spent most of their days together until a tragic mishap a few days before Louis' seventh birthday tears the boys apart in a manner that no one expected. Louis Tomlinson had been kidnapped and the only thing left of him from that day he had spent with Harry was his red knit hat discovered in the snowbanks days after his disappearance. The event shook up the town of Cheshire and rattled Harry Styles for most of his youth. He wondered if he would ever see his best friend again? Would anyone ever see him again for that matter or would Louis remain the boy on the milk cartons and the posters?

Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life

Author: Sue Sherman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781922243997


Page: 75

View: 2483

Insight Text Guides are written by highly qualified specialists in the relevant area of literature or film. All writers are experienced teachers at secondary or tertiary level, and present clear, comprehensive and accessible analyses for students. This guide to Tobias Wolff's memoir covers context and background, genre, narrative structure and style, language, characters and themes.

Mama Said, 'this Boy's Gonna Be Somebody!': The Untold Story of Oklahoma Blues Legend D.C. Minner

Author: Lanelda Hughes,Selby Minner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781732393516

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

View: 3297

Written by a close friend using recorded interviews with Minner, the assistance of Selby Minner, bandmate and wife, with family, band, and festival photos, this biography of D.C. Minner offers a candid look inside the man and gives a whirlwind tour of his life of music.

Angel Boy

Author: Bernard Ashley

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 1907666052

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 5958

DIVThe holidays lie heavy on young Leonard Boameh. His schoolfriends live far away from his home town of Accra, his nana is no fun, and his dad - who's great - is away working most of the time. So Leonard decides to run away for a few hours, and when Nana isn't looking he takes the tro-tro bus to Elmina, a historic European fort built to imprison West African slaves shipped off to America. There are lots of rough kids begging there, and before Leonard knows what's happening, he is kidnapped by the meanest gang of all, who plan to use his angel-face to fleece the tourists. Leonard is now a slave, trying to escape from a living nightmare. Bernard Ashley's thought-provoking Ghanaian story, set in the sinister, poverty-driven underworld of gangland, leads to a taut, thrilling climax. This title is also available as an ebook, in either Kindle, ePub or Adobe ebook editions /div

The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew

Author: Lisa Eichlin

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1615665277

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 2478

Michael describes his best friend, who is confined to a wheelchair, and the activities they like to share.