Gypsy Boy My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies (Hardcover)
|Author: Mikey Walsh|
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|In a shocking memoir that is equal parts "Angela''s Ashes" and "Running with Scissors, Gypsy Boy" reveals what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies in England. A revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant.--Stephen Fry.|
From the Publisher:
The son and grandson of Romany Gypsy champion bareknuckle boxers shares the story of his realization of his sexual orientation and reluctance to follow in family footsteps, describing his upbringing in England and how his circumstances were shaped by his culture's absolute beliefs.
A shocking memoir that is equal parts Angela’s Ashes and Running with Scissors
Mikey Walsh’s father and grandfather were champion bareknuckle boxers in England’s Gypsy Community. But Mikey had no interest in fighting. He was proud of his heritage and loved his mother and sister, but as he grew older he came to realize he had a secret that would never be accepted: he was gay.
|Gypsy Boy reveals, for the first time, what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies. It’s a culture apart, one that is equally more criminal and more puritanical than our own. A #1 Sunday Times bestseller in the U.K., Gypsy Boy is a one-ofa- kind memoir of a world we know little about, one that is fascinating, heartbreaking and unforgettable.
"This memoir can be grim. Some of the beatings are intense; teeth, mucus and blood fall to the floor. The author is raped repeatedly by a male relative. When he runs away from home at 15, and his father discovers he is gay, he puts a bounty on his head. . . . But GYPSY BOY is more buoyant than you might expect. The author is proud of his Gypsy heritage, and he is an unsentimental but affectionate observer of his people's ways." - Dwight Garner 02/18/2012 "[Walsh is] an irresistible guide through this secret world, and the tour is strongly recommended." - Paul Festa 07/08/2012