Mikey is a Romany Gypsy and grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK. He adored his family and the rich and vibrant Romany culture he'd inherited. Eventually though he was forced to make a heartbreaking decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to finally belong. But Mikey quickly discovers that life in the outside world isn't all he expected. After learning his father had put a contract out on him and that he was being hunted down by gangs of thugs determined to claim their reward, Mikey realises that life will never be the same again.
Brimming with unforgettable characters, this extraordinary coming-of-age story will remind you that sometimes it takes courage (and the odd Disney song) to be the person you were meant to be.
This story is a compelling listerning with an insite into another way of living ... and being narrated by the author you can hear him the emotion that the book was writtern with ... nice one Mikey.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A really amazing listen, it went too quickly. Best book of the year for me so far.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
To be quite honest I didn’t held high expectations with regards to ‘Gypsy Boy on the run’. ‘Gypsy Boy’ its predecessor had already filled me in on what happened with Mikey when he ran away from home. Moreover reviews of the book conformed that there is a lot of rehash. ‘Gypsy Boy on the run’ is in a way a rehash of Mikey Walsh’s first novel but the tone is different enough and it touched me even more than ‘Gypsy Boy’.
Unlike ‘Gypsy Boy’ which has a colourful setting with lots of humour, this book is more subtle in his descriptions and humour and it also places things more in perspective. While ‘Gypsy Boy’ shows us the dilemma of a kid growing up realising he is gay, ‘Gypsy Boy on the run’ shows us a man who finally finds self-acceptance while living amongst other gay people. It’s in fact a coming to age story in which we see Mikey growing from a scared kid, who believes he is a waste of space into a proud man who eventually in his fury even spits on his father.
Although Mikey literally had to strip himself of his gypsy identity in the beginning of the book, it’s the pride for what is in his blood that makes him push out frontiers, doing the things no Roma man before him has ever done. I found it very inspiring to learn and realize that what a person is, is in his or hers blood and not in the way one dresses and talks nor in the attempts of trying to fit in by adopting an identity.
‘Gypsy Boy on the run’ is therefore not just a sequel of ‘Gypsy Boy’. It’s a stand-alone equally interesting book with a different focus and message. Yet again, the author does a magnificent job in telling his story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved it from start to finish!! Compelling and refreshing in equal measures. Keep writing Mr Walsh.
I totally enjoyed listening to this story, sad, funny and very scary, loved mickys voice.
I have read both books and cried many times. I have listened to both books and you can really feel what Mikey is going through. I loved both books and will listen again and again. This is a must for everyone
Having read the first book and enjoyed it I felt this one was just to top up the bank account. Shame
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I found the whole thing so tedious - no wonder his father whacked him, (mind you it did sound very brutal but if as bad as he describes I would think he'd be hospitalized). Self absorbed & feeling sorry for himself - depressed me... I don't get what he was trying to say - certainly I didn't learn anything except qualification that these travelling traders do rip you off with the tarmac scam!
I bought the book because I heard him being interviewed on Radio 4 and thought it would be a good listen - afraid not.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
If you have read the first book then is is just more of the same with a bit more padding. Whilst enjoyable to a degree, nowhere near as shocking and moving as Gypsy Boy.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Less going over old stuff the first 4 chapters are just reiterating Gypsy Boy
Did Mikey Walsh do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
Yes and new people in his life like Harry are very well illustrated
If this book were a film would you go see it?
NO this book is a bit of a whinge and a lot of self reflection wouldn't really make a good film but YES for Gypsy Boy
Any additional comments?
Only if you are really keen on Mikey Walsh's writing should you buy this, its really not that interesting