Just a Boy by Richard McCann
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Just a Boy
By Richard McCann

Just a Boy

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Just a Boy by Richard McCann

Book Description

One October night in 1975 Richard, aged five, was alone in the house with his three sisters. It was 3am and their mother hadn't come home yet. Next morning, the police arrived to take the children away. Their mother had become the first victim of a serial killer soon to become known as the 'Yorkshire Ripper'. Passed from one violent home to another, the children were forgotten by all except the press. As the salacious headlines multiplied, Richard and his sisters were never able to recover from their mother's murder. Whilst Richard tried to handle the terror of his violent upbringing, his sister struggled to deal with memories of sexual abuse. Without love or support they spiralled away from help or happiness. Then one day Richard McCann, having reached suicidal rock bottom, decided no one was going to rescue their lives but him. It was the beginning of an inspirational transformation. Now he is able to tell the story of how the forgotten children of violence suffer, and how they can heal. A heartbreaking, uplifting story of survival and hope.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091898229
ISBN-10: 0091898226
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Richard McCann

Boy Grows Up by Richard McCann Boy Grows Up, Paperback (February 2007)

"Just A Boy" was praised for its unflinching and unself-pitying account of a neglected childhood at the hands of an abusive father and uncaring authorities. This work is an account of how the author used the success of "Just A Boy" to try and save his sister, and of his attempts to make sense of his past.

Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann Mother of Sorrows, Paperback / softback (June 2006)

"Mother of Sorrows" is a series of portraits of an American family living in the post-World War II suburbs of Washington, D.C.--a world of tract houses, fallout shelters, and sun-struck, treeless lawns, a world from which grief and sexuality have seemingly been banned.

Just a Boy by Richard McCann Just a Boy, Paperback (July 2004)

One October night in 1975, Richard, aged five, was - alone in the house with his three sisters. It was 3AM and their mother hadn't come home yet. He and his oldest sister pulled on their coats over their pyjamas and set off through the foggy streets hand in hand to find her. But at dawn they returned home alone.

Ghost Letters by Richard McCann Ghost Letters, Paperback / softback (November 1994)

Fiercely passionate and deeply elegiac, Richard McCann's Ghost Letters chronicles the intersection of grief and desire. These are poems of memory, but they are made of the body--the consoling body; the wounded body; the sexual body, both loved and unloved.

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Author Biography - Richard McCann

Richard McCann lives in Leeds. Since finishing his first book he has been studying how families can survive and recover after trauma, while also becoming a Samaritan and working for the Youth Offending Service. He is also involved in SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter) and inspires audiences around the UK. He is currently studying for a degree in Social Policy at Leeds University and working on his next book. www.richardmccann.co.uk

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