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Publisher's Summary

Based on a true story, The Forgotten Child is a heartbreaking memoir of an abandoned newborn baby left to die, his tempestuous upbringing and how he came through the other side.

It’s a freezing winter’s night in 1954. A baby boy, a few hours old, is left by his mother, wrapped in nothing but two sheets of newspaper and hidden amongst the undergrowth by a canal bank. An hour later, a late-shift postman is walking wearily home when he hears a faint cry. He finds the newspaper parcel and discovers the newborn, white-cold and whimpering, inside.

After being rushed to hospital and against all odds, the baby survives. He’s baptised by the hospital chaplain as Richard.

Everything feels as though it’s looking up; Richard is put into local authority care and regains his health. However, after nearly five blissful years in a rural care home filled with loving friends, it soon unfolds that his turbulent start in life is only the beginning....

Based on a devastating true story, this inspirational memoir follows Richard’s traumatic birth, abusive childhood and search for the truth.

©2019 Richard Gallear (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"An incredible story of survival." (The Sun)

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sad but engaging story

this book told by the boy who suffered at the hands of his abusive father was sad but engaging. I love a story that shows how strong the human spirit can be. We all have an inner strength that we may not realize unless circumstances force it forward. The story was one that made me want to go hug my own boy.

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Heart rendering story

What an amazing story of an abandon boy, life in an orphanage, adoption and finding his place in the world. Tears and heartache that produced a loving, kind man. A story not to be forgotten.

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Fabulous book!

Fantastic story and the reader was incredible!! Loved it all despite the sad content.

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  • 02-24-20

so touching

all I can say is listen to this I love it very touching sad I have to move on to a new one

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  • Amanda
  • 09-15-20

love this book

I loved listening to this book it was very hard to stop listening to it my hart goes out to Richard

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  • nutbag1982
  • 05-22-20

a touching story

interesting to listen too heart touching story of a young boys struggle with abuse from a person supposed to care for him

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  • 02-14-20

Brilliant book, well written, kept me enthralled.

Loved this, I knew all the places mentioned personally, and could identify with much of the content. Highly recommended

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  • 02-12-20

the forgotten child. from birth

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  • Bernieb
  • 11-21-19

Brilliantly read

Such a sad story , Once you start to listen it’s difficult to turn off as you want to know how Richard survives his daily life

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  • Lynne
  • 09-21-19

emotional story

emotional story of one mans struggle through life, the only love he ever felt was from his adopted mum, who's love and care for him was controlled by her husband. a story of courage, strength and determination.

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  • jeanie
  • 05-04-19

very sad

very sad and very moving, dear Richard bless you x glad you have now found you peace.