Please Don't Make Me Go by John Fenton
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Please Don't Make Me Go
By John Fenton

Please Don't Make Me Go

How One Boy's Courage Overcame a Brutal Childhood

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Please Don't Make Me Go by John Fenton

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The harrowing true story of one boy's experiences in a brutal 'approved' school for young offenders in '50s London, run by Catholic monks where violence and abuse were rife. Beaten from an early age by his abusive, father, John struggled to fit in at school where his poverty marked him out. When, aged 13, his father brought a charge against him in order to remove him from the family home, John found himself in Juvenile Court - from here he was sent to the notorious St. Vincent's school, run by a group of Catholic Irish Brothers. Beatings and abuse were a part of daily life - both from John's fellow pupils, but also from the brothers, all of which was overseen by the sadistic headmaster, Brother De Montfort. Tormented physically and sexually by one boy in particular, and by the Brothers in general, John quickly learnt to survive but at the cost of the loss of his childhood. Please don't make me go, tells in heart-rending detail the day-to-day lives of John and the other boys - the beatings, the weapons fashioned from toilet chains and stones, the loneliness - but we also see the development of John's love of reading, his growing friendship with Father Delaney and his best friend, Bernard, and his unstinting love for his mother whom he feared was suffering at the hands of his violent father. A painfully, brutally honest account, Please don't make me go is also an example of the resilience of the human spirit as it documents how John learnt to survive and come through his ordeal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007263783
ISBN-10: 0007263783
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harper Element
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Fenton

Following his ordeal at St. Vincents school, John Fenton was sent to Ireland by his father and spent several years in the army before becoming a lorry driver. He is now retired and is married with three children. He lives in Cumbria.

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