Please Don't Make Me Go: How One Boy's Courage Overcame A Brutal Childhood
The harrowing true story of one boy’s experiences in a brutal ‘approved’ school for young offenders in ‘50s London, run by Catholic monks where violence and abuse were rife.
Beaten from an early age by his abusive, father, John struggled to fit in at school where his poverty marked him out. When, aged 13, his father brought a charge against him in order to remove him from t...more
These kind of places usually get better as the years go by and as society allows less punishment...this approve school seems to have been the exception. I know this because I was in it 1969 - 71.
Although my knowledge of London in the 1950s is quite limited, one would be able to set the actions right in that era as vivid details are provided althroughout the book. As a child, John grew up ...more
This is the true story of the author growing up in the suburbs of London in the late 1950's. His father was always beating up his mother and he was bullied at school. Finally, at the age of 13, he took a knife and threatened his father with it during one of his mother's beatings. The father had the courts through him in a juvenile home for a couple of weeks. He liked it; he was not b ...more
Very interesting read for me… wish he would have elaborated more on the part from getting out of prison and making a normal life for himself.