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Little Gypsy by Roxy Freeman
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Aug 13, 11

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I’ve always found that moving away from one’s comfort zone every once in a while is good for the soul, it allows you to challenge yourself and grow not only as a person but as a reader – at least I think it does – and that can only be a good thing. Books – for me - are all about discovering new things, learning about past lives, history and being thoroughly entertained – whether a crime novel, a historical drama or an autobiography – by a cornucopia of words the author deems fit to share with his or her readers.

Born in 1979, Roxy Freeman grew up travelling around Ireland and England in a traditional horse-drawn wagon with her mother and father and six siblings. Life was harsh but it was a childhood of freedom spent in harmony with nature. Roxy didn't know her times-tables but she could milk a goat, ride a horse and cook dinner for the whole family on an open fire before she was ten. Early life was idyllic but when her father brought the family to England, they faced prejudice and hostility and Roxy found herself receiving the very unwelcome attentions of a family friend - which she endured in secret. Despite all of the difficulties she faced, she developed a passion for flamenco and traditional music and developed a career as a dancer, which took her around the world. Her beautifully written story is a frank portrait of what life is really like for women and girls of traveller communities.

It would be so easy, when reading the heart wrenching story that Roxy Freeman shares with her readers in Little Gypsy, to fall into the trap of pity, despondence and anger but the overriding emotions I felt when I finished the book were of hope and positivity. Together with a fortitudinous attitude I found compelling to say the least, Roxy shares the highs and extreme lows of a life so colourful I found it hard to put the book down, eager was I to gain an insight into the often scorned and prejudiced life of a Gypsy. Roxy pulls no punches, although having said that she never once sensationalised events others would be all too ready to do so, handling even the harshest of situations with a great deal of sensitivity.

Full review on my blog:- http://www.milorambles.com/2011/08/11...
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