Five-year-old Jimmy Rova is the unwanted child of a mother who rejects him, and whose other children bully him.
The one thing he can call his own is a pair of shoes, a present from the only person he feels has ever loved him.
When they are cruelly taken away, Jimmy spirals down into a state of loneliness and terrible loss from which there seems no recovery. This triumphant story of a boy's struggle with early trauma and his remarkable journey into adulthood is based on William Horwood's own remarkable childhood in south-east England after the Second World War.
Using all the skills that went into the creation of his modern classics, Horwood has written an inspiring story of a journey from a past too painful to imagine to the future every child deserves.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 04/04/2005
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780755313181