THE SEQUEL TO THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, 1963: A SLICE OF BREAD AND JAM
Placing a child in care doesn't mean caring for a child.
When little Tommy Rhattigan was taken into care in 1963 aged just 7, he entered a closed off world of institutionalised sexual abuse.
Moved between a care home in Manchester and a reform school in Liverpool, the state was supposed to pick up the duty of care that his parents had failed to give him. But instead, separated from his siblings, young Tommy was thrown to the wolves.
Tommy Rhattigan takes us, in his own inimitable way, back to his own childhood of pranks, cruelty and laughter, grown from a need to survive his daily torment and to stick two fingers up to the system that was failing him so spectacularly.
Reader can't get enough of Boy Number 26:
'A heart-wrenching story'
'This is a good book that definitely needs to be read by anyone who cares about children or mental health'
'Rhattigan is honest and brutal in his writing'
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