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The Nipper

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The Nipper Charlie's earliest memory at two and a half was listening to his dad batter his latest girlfriend in their Scottish tenement flat. Beaten and tortured by a violent alcoholic father in 70s' poverty-stricken Dundee, Charlie's early life was one of poverty and misery, but at least he had his best friend Bonnie a German shepherd puppy to turn to. Full description
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Harper Element
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Charlotte
Jan 17, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books its shows how simple things can change life I wish everyone could be like that. We should make all troubled teenagers read this book it could be life changing.
Claire
Jul 31, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it
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charlie is lucky to be alive after years of abuse he suffered from his father, it's shocking that this sort of abuse went on for years with no one doing anything. Stories like this make me grateful for my lucky upbringing.
Rachel Zylstra
May 12, 2010 Rachel Zylstra rated it it was amazing
So sad! Broke my heart to read about Charlie's childhood, but thank goodness he's a survivor. It's always terrible and heart wrenching to read about horrific childhoods.
Judy Moss
Apr 12, 2015 Judy Moss rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and cry, Excellent read.
Deven Brophy
Jun 18, 2014 Deven Brophy rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this book.
I'll tell you why.. It is lies!
Maybe not all of it, but I don't like being lied to if the cover says "true story"
Here is some proof if you do not believe me.
Page 14, he mentions being born November 1975. That's fine!
Page 22, he says his father held him out the window of the apartment saying "it's my Michael Jackson moment!" When he was only a few months old. Meaning this happened in 1975-1976..
HMMMMMM..
Michael Jackson didn't dangle his baby from a balcony until 2002 so
...more
Peedie William
Jun 11, 2015 Peedie William rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book, firstly because it was a story which I could relate to, and it is based in Dundee, Scotland, where I work. It was reading this story which gave me encouragement to write about my own childhood. This book brought a lot of thought provoking questions about my past. A very well written account of the authors young life. I have recommended it to dozens of readers.
George
Sep 10, 2015 George rated it really liked it
This book is a bit of a eye opener. You don't think that something like the abuse dished out could go unnoticed in today's society, sadly this is just so.
A well written book, written by someone who has 'been there' and survived to tell the tale.

Reading this, you now understand why some kids turn into little monsters and why they are just that.
Danny Howson
Jan 15, 2015 Danny Howson rated it it was amazing
This book was really moving and such a good really glad charlie is happy now and i would love to know what happened to poor bonnie worth a read guys
Mags
Aug 29, 2012 Mags rated it it was amazing
Very true to life in Scotland in they days !
Jenni
Nov 16, 2016 Jenni rated it liked it
Marked the book as i liked it. How can you like a book about abuse and the fact that as you are reading it you feel frustrated and cannot help the child. Well i liked the fact it was a real life account, i liked learning about what life was like somewhere i have never lived and most of all i was made up that he came through it all and picked up the pieces as a survivor, and those are the best stories ever.
Don Ariff
May 29, 2011 Don Ariff rated it it was amazing
Well for someone who had been severely battered during his childhood, Charlie could actually write very well. Quite thrilling too!

This true story truly is heartbreaking especially for the bonding and love that Charlie and Bonnie the doggie shared. Very inspiring towards the end but definitely not when he himself started drinking, drug abusing and vandalizing.

At least in the end, he learned his lesson :)
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