Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

by Mikey Walsh
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Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312622084
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MIKEY WALSH left the Gypsy community and moved to London. He taught himself to read and write and now works at a primary school, where he teaches art and drama, and also picks up the formal education he missed out on as a child. He proposed to his partner on the number 38 bus and they have since married.

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Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book. I bought it on a whim several weeks ago and just picked it up to read a few days ago. To my surprise, it was absolutely engrossing and very hard to put down. It is very well written and will stay with me for a long, long time. It was so sad in many ways, but very enlightening about the gypsy culture. The subject of the book is absolutely inspirational. I highly recommend it.
LoveMyNookGa More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good book. I've always had had an interest in the Gypsy lifestyle, and with the new shows on TV, it has really caught my eye. This book, however, was nothing like the gypsy wedding shows on TV. It really opened my eyes into what it is like for this culture. I really recommend reading it if you are interested in other cultures and/or memoirs.
sandburg_swim More than 1 year ago
I would give gypsy boy a 3 out of five stars. I honestly couldnt put the book down from start to finish. The story of a young boy who is struggling because he doesnt fit in with most people and doesnt conform is really captivating. Mikey is a boy who is desperatly trying to become the boy his father always wanted him to be, which is a typical rough gypsy boy who likes to punch anything that moves. The only problem is Mikey is the complete opposite. Another aspect of this book tht cought my attention werethe mor cruel parts such as when Mikeys father was being abbusive to his family. This book was really great the only reason I gave it three stars was because I thought the author took to long to get to the point even on small details. But other than that I reall enjoyed reading it. I would definitly recomend Gypsy boy to anyone and everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a bio about a real gyspy before and since my big fat gyspy wedding came out i was interested to hear the real story. Number one thing I learned was never trust a gyspy. The book talked about how uneducated the gyspys were,only a few of them could barely read or write. The women do all the housework and cooking and raising the children while they worship the husband. I don't even know how to descibe these people without saying something bad about them. Seems to me like a bunch of banchees who because of the way the culture is they will always be that way. I'm glad Mikey ran away from that camp and educated himself and then became a writer! Good for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever wondered about the gypsy culture then this book is a must read! I couldn't put it down. It is touching and extremely interesting! I highly recommend this read to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Insightful and sad look into a way of life that didn't offer much hope of escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and informative. Good read.
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I recently purchased this book and it is absolutely engrossing. Very sad in parts because of author's brutal abusive upbringing. In places it made me want to cry over how abusive author's father was. It is an eye-opening account of gypsy life. It shows a side to gypsy life that is not shown on the TV show . Would recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anybody that had a less than perfect childhood, had a perfect childhood or thought you did, and were able to move on to live your life. This story could also help so many people that are struggling to believe that you can get to the otherside. Mikey! This book is amazingly awesome! I feel like I was living your life and watching through the window. The descriptions were so vivid that I could picture the punches and the bruises. I am so proud of you Mikey for standing up and surviving a life that at times was nearly impossible. You are a hero and an awesome example to so many people that come from varied childhoods that you can get out, you don't have to follow in the footsteps of those from your past, AND you can live YOUR life and be happy! THANK YOU MIKEY!!!! I wish you nothing but the best and most amazing life. Congratulations on your wedding!
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Amazing story of a harsh life and the man who survives it. Fascinating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every sentence is a new adventure;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great at times although writer deems tofeel a bit sorry for himself throughout book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are any of you gypsys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Becuz this costed me my bestfriend."