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A frank and unique insider's story of growing up in a traditional traveller community in the 1980s and '90s.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 2011 by Simon & Schuster, Ltd
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Nina Draganova
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Давам такава висока оценка в подкрепа на споделената истинска история на тази жена.
Минала през отвратителни преживявания в своето детство, но не загубила човешкия си облик.
Започнах малко предубедено книгата, по-скоро съм противоположност като начин на живот.Но ми стана интересна и любопитството ме накара да я прочета.
Истински завиждам на хората , които могат да живеят свободни от удобствата на съвременния свят , да не служат на материалните неща и да не са обвързани с места.
Доброволно да се
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Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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Honestly I'm not sure where to start. I had a lot of trouble with this book due to the fact I have no interest in the outdoors and for a lot of the time throughout the book couldn't really relate to anything, the only part I could relate to was how she felt when studying. With my lack of interest of things I must say that this book is interesting in itself, before hand I didn't know a lot of
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Jackie
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Tara
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brighton-based journalist Roxy Freeman's enchanting memoir of her Gypsy childhood. Depicting the highs (and lows) of an unconventional life with a great deal of charm. A welcome antidote to the negative stereotypes about Romany people which pervade the mainstream media.
Ренета Кирова
Всъщност беше интересно написана биография, но такъв тип книги ми идват доста тежко. Чергарски живот, лоши хора и насилници, трудно ми беше да си представя защо някой иска да води такъв начин на живот. Краят беше позитивен.
Sabrina Rutter
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Roxy's father was a gypsy by choice having grown up in a house with a strict catholic upbringing. His mother's family however were nomadic horse breeders many generations back, but after Roxy's great great great grandfather had been injured the family had stopped traveling, and stayed put living in a house until Dik (Roxy's dad), and his brother Bob decided to live the way their mother's family had in the past. You learn all of this in chapter one. If you know anything about gypsies then you ...more
Miles
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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 ...more
Grahamlive
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book really is a wonderful read and I recommend it highly. Roxy tells a beautiful and heart-rendingly honest account of her life. Every page just draws you in to a lifestyle you may not be otherwise know. An excellent read indeed.
Sarah Bankes
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a very moving book. Written from the heart with honesty and compassion. I hope she writes more as her style is really easy and nice. Some parts of the book are sad and emotional but it is far from a misery memoir as the writer has such a lovely outlook.
Lisa Bergin
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very interesting account of a girl growing up in a Gypsy family. I learned things I did not know and found the authors positive outlook on life refreshing. There was some misery in the book, but not like a typical misery memoir. Definitely worth a read.
S Paul
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
fantastic book well worth the read massive round of applause for roxy a definate 5 star book
Justine
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Such an insightful tho sad telling of her life growing up in a gypsy family.
Josie
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A beautifully written and frank portrayal of what it was like to grow up as a New Age Traveller in the 1980s and 90s. Although Roxy was abused for many years, I never felt that this tipped over into misery memoir territory. She speaks openly about her confusion regarding her abuser (a family friend, whom she had fond memories of before the abuse) and the fact that she never felt like her life had been ruined by what happened. If anything, it made her a stronger person, although it sounds like ...more
Karen Wickham
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting look at life living in the open in a caravan. No heat or running water. No electricity except that provided by an unreliable generator. And more importantly no structured education for Roxy and her 5 siblings.

Throw in to the mix some childhood sexual abuse by a family friend and you have a very compelling story.
Pipa Guest
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting story of a gypsy girl’s early life living in a caravan and moving around. Leading to becoming a journalist in Brighton.
Smitha
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing




Born in 1979, Roxy Freeman grew up travelling around Ireland and England in a horse-drawn wagon with her mother and father and five siblings. Life was harsh but it was a childhood of freedom spent in harmony with nature. Roxy didn't know her time-tables but she could milk a goat, ride a horse and cook dinner on an open fire before she was ten.



I have mentioned this before that I find it tough to review non-fiction which is somebody's life story. But some books grab you so hard that you cannot but
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Emma
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting insight into the traveller community.
penelopewanders
This is the autobiography of Roxy Freeman. Her father, though settled, has traveller roots, and when he meets up with Dixey, the 17 year old American escaping a wealthy family, the two set off on the roads. It's the 70s and 80s and it's back to nature (with occasional trips to India). Roxy grows up with the pros and cons of this gypsy life without the usual Rom traditions, community and rules of society. Surprisingly some Rom traditions are respected, such as a few of the rules of hygiene - ...more
Heelqueen
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true story of the life of roxy freeman.
This story tells a frank and honest story about the harsh realities of growing up in a travelling community.
A life of constant moving, no schooling and being under constant treat from the police.
It always shows the lovely sense of family spirit and community.and how growing up in a wagon travelling around from place to place can be a lovely thing.
This is a really well written, vivid book.
Roxy writes about her childhood and life so clearly you almost
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DenXXX
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, true
This tells the true story of a traveller girl and the hardships and joys she had living in a travelling community. It is an extremely honest account of her life and although she suffered abuse from a close family friend she doesn't see it as detrimental to her life, as she said it helped her become who she is today. She had no schooling what so ever but went on to get a degree - a huge achievement but she didn't see it as this. As well as giving readers an insight into life as a traveller the ...more
Suzy Quinn
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story telling from a girl who's lived an incredible life. Absolutely fascinating, and all the more interesting for being true. No mystery, no thrills, no plot devices and yet I was completely gripped throughout. I read it in about two days and enjoyed being in its company so much I was sad when it finished.
Elaine
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Difficult to rate this book. Difficult to like a book about child abuse.
Interesting fact from this book:
ROHYPNOL- originally prescribed for sleeping disorders, in large doses, it is used for date rape. Victim has no recall of events but may have short vivid insights as time goes by.
Molly
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I had won a copy of this book here on GoodReads and thought since I finally have the time I should review it. I'm not the much of a nonfiction fan but I thought that Little Gypsy was a very good book. I'm glad Roxy Freeman told us her story because it was interesting. I like this book.
Lou
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nothing intrinsically wrong with this memoir of a girl brought up as a gypsy, except that it felt manufactured to me, like she had dictated dates and events and a ghost writer had put them on paper. And at times, it read like a misery memoir, and I avoid misery memoirs like the plague.
Annemarie
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Crammed full of emotion and eye opening experiences. Read it once, and about to read it again!
Janelle
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, simple, basic, raw and honest!
Carol
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked and and enjoyed the author's story. It seems like a rough life that I would not want. She's a survivor and I am proud of her.
Joy
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting.
Dani
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Born to a travelling family in Southern ireland, I started my academic journey later in life than most. My first day in a classroom was at the age of 23, since then I've been playing catch up!

In the spring of 2010 I was given the opportunity to write my memoir. In August 2011 my book: Little Gypsy A Life of Freedom A Time Of Secrets was released.

I wrote my story so people could get a glimpse of a
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