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Gypsy Girl

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Imagine being born into a world where communities are constantly on the move, but freedom is not a birthright. Rosie grew up traveling all over England and Ireland in her family's caravan. She had an idyllic childhood roaming fields and meadows with her younger brothers and sisters--free from the trappings of modern life, but restricted by the expectations of her culture. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
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What a moving tale of a difficult childhood. It goes to show that no matter what religion or culture you are born into the struggles and difficulties can be similar. Rosie was born into a gypsy life, and this was a struggle from day one. This tale gives a unique insight into a culture you may not always hear/read about. However Rosie's life is tough and she goes through a lot more than most people do.

Beautifully written, easy to get into and hard to put down, this tale shows you an overview of
Angela Joyce
My goodness. What a life this woman has had. I tried to keep an open mind as I read this because, as she (necessarily, I'd say) keeps repeating, certain unwritten rules for living are the traveller way, and she didn't question it. So there's no point in someone who's never experienced that way of life shouting, "What on earth did you put up with that for?!"

There are a lot of miracles in this book, including the fact that she survived at all! It's written in a briskly conversational tone and cer
A. Mary
There's so little written by Traveller people, and for that alone, this is worth reading, but it's full of anecdotes and revelations about Traveller culture, and McKinley tells her story honestly.
Gypsy Girl is a non-fiction book written by Rosie McKinley about her life and experiences. She starts off with her childhood and then moves through the different stages of her life, telling us many stories and events. Rosie discusses the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the travellers community and how certain things in it changed as the years went by. She also emphasises on the problems and sufferings of the gypsies, like the lack of education and discrimination.

It truly is a fascinating a
A very good book with a honest story and very much worth reading!

In some parts bits are repeated which can be anoying but worth sticking with it to the end.

Tho personally not a traveller some of this woman's life I can relate to which I think is what kept me gripped.

Also worth noting is how she talks about her experiences with those who have suffered from addiction but also recognising that and some of the ways of coping are for anyone struggling this could be a helpful insight.
“Home isn't just a trailer or four walls and a roof, home is the people that you love.”

This is a biographical tale of Rosie McKinley and her life growing up as a traveller. She was born into a traditional traveller family with its set structure and hierarchy with her grandfather the glue that bound her family together. The whole family travel all around the country as well as abroad depending where the work is and girls are expected to grow up get married, have children and basically be subserv
Ann York
a life lived on the road and a heart that will always belong there imagine being born into the worl where communities are constantly on the move but freedom is not a birthright rosie grew up travelling all over england and ireland in her family s caravan she had an idyllic childhood roaming fields and mewdows with her yougest brothers and sisters free from the trappings of modern life but restricted by the expectation of her culture when rosie was 14 the family happiness was shattered when her g ...more
Jillean Whyte
Really enjoyed reading this book which I read in less than 24 hours. Shocking, unbelievable and harrowing story how she was unable to read or write, to go on a write a book telling the story of traveller life. The wife for life mentality even if your husband beats you black n blue, leaves you days and weeks on end, looking after an alcoholic mother and husband, while trying to rear her own kids and her brothers and sisters. It doesn't make easy reading and your heart breaks for her and the tradi ...more
I'm so pleased to have been able to discover this thanks to a ring. A few years ago I taught an EFL class with the theme of the Rom. It was so good and important, I thought, to discuss the myths and realities around this culture which goes back centuries. How can we hope to end discrimination if there is no understanding?
My big problem was finding suitable books to use with the class -either they were far too difficult and/or not suitable to be read by teenagers, or the language was too difficul
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Rosie McKinley grew up in a traditional traveller family. Her grandfather was like the glue that held them all together, and when he passed life changed forever for Rosie, and her family. Desperate to escape her sad surroundings Rosie accepts a marriage proposal that only takes her from the frying pan into the fire. In this memoir she shares her struggles with readers, and her triumphs. If your looking for more of an indepth look into the traveller lifestyle I wouldn't reccomend this book, but i ...more
Cathie O'dea
I admire Rosie for turning her life around, educating herself, helping others and having the courage to write this book. She really is a remarkable woman. She will never forget her roots and is not ashamed of being a traveller but she has finally found happiness and fully deserves it. This book is a good insight into understanding the traveller community and their rather odd and insular ways, their suspicions and prejudices of the outside world and the world they are born into. What shocked me m ...more
Only a good read for those who nothing about the life.
Úžasná knížka která nám dovolí nahlédnout do kočovného způsobu života.. Seznámíme se s problémy, se kterými si musí protagonisté poradit i předsudky, kterým musí čelit. Velice zajímavá je část, kdy se dozvídáme o způsobu myšlení, výchovy dětí i o tradicích této skupiny lidí. V jedné chvíli se smějete nad jejich "hloupostí či nevědomostí" a v druhé chvíli téměř pláčete nad osudem..Je to knížka, která vás donutí na chvíli se zastavit a zamyslet se.
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It's hard to believe that any young woman could put up with so much violence and ill treatment from her husband and still take him back time after time. She is lucky to have survived the beatings. She managed to pull herself up by her bootlaces and eventually make a good life for herself and her family. Read this book in just over a day. Couldn't put it down
I couldn't put this one down. Harrowing, in parts, this true story shows some of the hardships that Travellers face. I hope it isn't considered a spoiler to say I am glad that there was happiness at the end of this particular rainbow. I actually read the Kindle edition, but that doesn't seem to be here, so have left it at the default of hardcover.
This book was interesting. Its only the second book ive read on the gypsy culture so i did enjoy it although some parts of the book made me fume a bit. There seems to be a lot of louts in the book with nothing to do but get into fight, steal, party and general live off the British benefit system.
Sarah Cole
A lovely insite to a world we all think we know about. Rosie shows us that not all gypsies are bad. Extremely enjoyable
Alice Chau-Ginguene
It's an ok book. Quite enjoyable and quick read. It will be good for bus ride or airport ride.
good story interesting learnt a few things from reading this book
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