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Author Walsh, Mikey.

Title Gypsy boy : my life in the secret world of the Romany Gypsies / Mikey Walsh.

Publication Info. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY WALSH    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  B WALSH, MIKEY    Check Shelf
 Burlington Public Library - New Materials  B WALSH    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Biographies  B WALSH    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  305.891 WALSH    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  305.8914 WAL    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  92 WALSH, MIK    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B WALSH, M.    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  B WALSH    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B WALSH MIKEY W    Check Shelf

Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 278 pages ; 22 cm
Note "First published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton" -- T.p. verso.
Contents The birth of a pig boy -- Wonder years -- Sisters grim -- Taking a punch -- A bungalow with Barbie graveyard -- A school and a big city -- Welcome to Warren Woods -- The club -- Boot camp -- That evil Bowers girl -- Kevin -- The monster in the woods -- Fate of the Munchkin Queen -- Moving on -- Twelve-year-old man -- Take me with you -- Regret -- A new start -- The wrath of Frankie -- Sex education -- Caleb's plan -- Today.
Summary Mikey was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They lived in a closeted community, and little is known of their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something Mikey knows all too well. Growing up, he didn't go to school, he seldom mixed with non-Gypsies and the caravan became his world. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonizing decision, to stay and keep secrets, or escape to find somewhere to belong. His 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. This memoir reveals, for the first time, what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies. It is a culture apart, one that is equally more criminal and more puritanical than our own.
Subject Walsh, Mikey.
Romanies -- England -- Biography.
Young gay men -- England -- Biography.
Romanies -- England -- Social life and customs.
England -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 9780312622084 hardcover $24.99
0312622082 hardcover
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