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Boy 11963 Reviews

Boy 11963 by John Cameron

Boy 11963: An Irish Industrial School Childhood and an Extraordinary Search for Home

John Cameron

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1 review

Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Publication date: 8 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781529346343

In the storytelling style of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, an unforgettable story of an abandoned child, a search for a mother, and the uncovering of a national scandal in 1930s' Ireland.

4 stars out of 5
Estelle Birdy
15 Apr 2021

"(a) well-written, well-paced account"

Were it not for the fact that much of this story is a matter of public record and the rest a matter of witness testimony, I’d say it was too far-fetched for a tale of 1930s Granard. Imagine The Field with more sex and Protestants. It features a cast of remarkable characters, only a couple of them fictitious. Through their actions, the author’s mother Lizzie Major, her husband Hugh, her lover William Cameron and her parents Michael and Julia Farrell – all strikingly unusual people for their time – set in train a series of events that would see John Cameron and three of his siblings spend their childhoods in various State and church-run institutions.