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Gypsy Boy on the Run

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  826 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
This is the incredible story of a boy who escaped from a secret world.

Mikey is a Romany Gypsy and grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK. He adored his family and the rich and vibrant Romany culture he'd inherited. Eventually though he was forced to make a heartbreaking decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to finally belong.

But Mike
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Published (first published July 1st 2011)
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Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
But a solid three stars. Stars taken off because writer is a bit lackluster - though story is compelling. I also had some issues with the sexual and physical abuse depicted.
I was a bit apprehensive starting this sequel to Gypsy Boy so quickly after the first book. The fact that it appeared just about a year after the first one which had unexpectedly turned into a best seller also left me wondering whether Mikey or his publisher simply wanted to exploit what seemed a profitable moment before it might be gone. The first couple of dozen pages do nothing to allay this fear since they are a recap of the first book but then the Walsh takes the story from when he ran away ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Grade = 88% - B

A few weeks ago I read the original Gypsy Boy which told of Mikey Walsh's first 15 years with the Romany Gypsies near Reading, Berkshire, England, before running away with Caleb, a gay 25 year old bartender who befriended him.

The last chapter, "Now," summed up what had happened to him in the five years since he ran away.

I assumed that this new book, Gypsy Boy on the Run, would be a fleshing out of those five years, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a recounting o
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel cheated....

I read and loved Mikeys first memoir, and was sure I felt the same about Gypsy Boy On The Run.

However, as I neared the end of this book, something wasn't ringing true. Looking back, it felt more and more like a patchwork of fairy tales and...lies? I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, but something doesn't feel right about this. It all seems a bit iffy. I'm struggling, I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe I'm wrong and I kind of hope I am.

Great story though, I can't shake the feel
After reading the first book I picked up this one straight away which I had not done that before but I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Mikey and how he was going to get his life going.

You do really get to know Mikey and at point you just want to go hug him and say it will be okay, I think this is because you know it is all real and that its the author who lived through this so you can feel the rawness and hurt.

A good duology if you want insight to a culture you only get to see
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. A very inspirational young man.
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
Gypsy Boy on the Run is one of those biographies you don’t want to believe is true simply because to acknowledge that such terribly sad, horribly awful things happen in the world - let alone to the same person – makes you want to hide under the covers and never come back out. But Mikey Walsh didn’t hide under the covers. Despite all the abuse, heartache and loss, Mikey Walsh has not only found to strength to keep going, but also to share his story.

Mikey was born to a very proud and prominent Gy
Tricia Toney
This sequel was great.
Sadie Rose Knight
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-read
Absolutely loved this book, did not want to put it down.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing from where I left off in my review of "Gypsy Boy", pretty much... (See that review for general gist of books!)

One of the things I picked up on when reading the first book was that a lot of story was covered very quickly and skirted over towards the end of the book... Well, that has definitely been righted in this follow up. In fact, and perhaps oddly, the last few chapters of the first book are an overview of the whole of the second book pretty much, making it predictable and thus rui
Coleman Harrison
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To be quite honest I didn’t held high expectations with regards to ‘Gypsy Boy on the run’. ‘Gypsy Boy’ its predecessor had already filled me in on what happened with Mikey when he ran away from home. Moreover reviews of the book conformed that there is a lot of rehash. ‘Gypsy Boy on the run’ is in a way a rehash of Mikey Walsh’s first novel but the tone is different enough and it touched me even more than ‘Gypsy Boy’.

Unlike ‘Gypsy Boy’ which has a colourful setting with lots of humour, this book
Jay Miraldi
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Tiarnán McMeekin
The follow up to Gypsy Boy, I was unsure about whether or not to read Gypsy Boy On the Run, as the previous book seemed to offer a sense of closure and finality to Mikey's tale, and on paper this more than anything felt like an attempt to squeeze out as much monetary and commercial gain as possible from the story. When I finally did get around to reading it however I was delighted to find that it touched me just as much as the original, if not more so.

Mikey spends a lot of time recapping the ev
Viv Ross
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I won an Advanced Reading Copy of this book via a giveaway hosted by Goodreads.

Through Goodreads I have found myself exploring genres I had always considered not to my taste, biographies and autobiographies included. However this is the second autobiography I have won from a giveaway and read. I found myself smiling, laughing, crying, and floundering throughout the narrative of Mikey Walsh's escape from the Romany lifestyle he grew up in. Leaving home is never easy, ask most people and
Formalities, of course, I received this book as a goodreads giveaway.

I am always fascinated to learn about other people's lifestyles, other cultures. I love to compare them to mine, and see how they differ. I believe it's good to know what all is out there, it's not good to be ignorant.
The Gypsy culture, I've never really known much about, I caught a tv show about Gypsy living in New York or someplace, but tv shows you don't know how much is real, and what is played up for viewers.
This book, whi
Sabrina Rutter
Once again Mikey Walsh draws the reader right in! A lot of people I guess didn't like the idea of him writing under a pseudonym, but if they can't understand why after reading his book then they missed a big part of his story it seems. I admire his bravery, and his courage not only for sharing his story, but for living the life he believes is right for him. He could have shut out who he really is like many other gay gypsies, and traveller men living a lonely life in a trailer by himself, and for ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I'd read Mike Walsh's first book, Gypsy Boy and enjoyed it. This second book follows up on his story after his escape from a very abusive home situation, into an only slightly-less-dismal life on his own. At first I,thought I was reading the same book, but the two books have an interesting relationship. , The first books last chapters are a preview of the second book, and the second book's first chapters are an overview of the first book. A bit confusing.

There's something about the writing that
William James
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first book, Gypsy Boy, I was left wondering about what happened after we left Mikey Walsh and so was delighted to find out that he had decided to continue his story with us.

Gypsy Boy on the Run picks up from where Mikey leavs the traveller camp he has grown up on, and his family behind. It was clearly a heartbreaking decision for someone so young at the time.

The story follows Mikey as he is on the run from those who say he has disgraced his people, while in the meantime he is on
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had hoped this book was a continuation or the story of the happily ever after ending of the last book, but it isn't that and left me as sad as his first book.

My only complaint is the repetition of paragraphs and (seemingly) pages from the first book. For people who didn't read Gypsy Boy, the recapping won't be an issue. Those who haven't read it since its original release may find it less obvious and even helpful. I read both books straight through, so the beginning and a couple of the stories
"Expected." That's the best word I can think of for describing "Gypsy Boy on the Run," which I received through the First Reads program. Maybe it's that I've already read so many other books about people fleeing insular religious and ethnic groups. Maybe it's the Romany tell-all media saturation of the moment. Maybe it's that I hadn't read the first volume and didn't have the emotional investment in the author's story. But I just never felt like I was hearing anything groundbreaking in this book ...more
Nic Adams
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was certainly not let down by this book as it offered not only a continuation of where Gypsy Boy left off yet also revisited tales brushed in the first book and offered more clarity.
Mikey Walsh is a special person, one who realised at an early age that he was different from the Romany Gypsy bare knuckle fighting guy that was expected of him, being subjected to physical and emotional abuse from his father, sexual abuse from his uncle, psychological abuse from fellow gypsies, and yet finding the
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

What a heartfelt story. I did not read the first book, Gypsy Boy, but was able to just start reading this one. After years of abuse from a relative he finally gets up the courage to leave his family even though leaving hurt him about as much as the abuse he was receiving. Years go by and he is able to meet his family and finds out the relative that abused him is now doing it to one of his younger brothers and helps to try and stop it. H
I seldom don't finish books, but first of all I have the audiobook and Mikey Walsh is reading this so so badly. Second of all, it's just not well written. And I get where Walsh was coming from in writing how hard it was to go and leave his family behing, but on one hand making it clear that he's writing from a point where he had been in contact with his family again hence got to know things that happened when he was gone, but not bringing in a psychological view on how he was still seeking his f ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Just as compelling as his first book, this story of how a young Romany Gypsy boy must leave his family and his culture because he is gay is hard to put down. The author's "voice" is utterly genuine, and the trials he's endured for being "different" in an insular and unforgiving society are sometimes difficult to read about because they are so painfully sad. What makes the book ultimately redemptive is the author's inner spirit and astonishing resiliency. He's only in his early 30's now, but Mike ...more
Tina Hamilton
Fighting. Beating. Screaming. Drinking More fighting. Fighting with everyone and especially with the Irish Travellers. In all of the above, men, women, and children participate. Big weddings for the lucky ones who find a spouse. Or, old maid sister by 20 years of age made to take care of family. Equal parts love and hate. Not an easy life. After reading the book, I can understand why some people do not like Gypsys. I hoped the book would offer more history. I'll just need to read another to answ ...more
Michael Kerr
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, memoir
A sequel to Gypsy Boy, this memoir covers the time when Mikey leaves his family and subculture and goes on the run to find his own life. His abusive father's pursuit triggers a disastrous turn in Mikey's relationship with Caleb - the fellow who helped him escape - and colours much of the next few years of his life. He then overcomes some serious odds related to his upbringing and Gypsy background as he finds a way to move on.

His arrival at a place where he can forgive his father is an example f
Sam Kydd
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read gypsy boy and again was slightly apprehensive about the sequel coming out so quickly, but I was not disappointed.

Knowing how the life of the author developed was not only uplifting ( in a morbid and slightly depressing way) but humorous and thought provoking. From the anguish with his father to the hilarity of his friends tattoo it will not disappoint.

It also left me with a sense of motivation. It concludes with a sense of empowerment and aspiration and will make you realise tha
Although the beginning third of this book is very repetitious of the first boy by Walsh, I begrudgingly have to admit I couldn't put the damn thing down once I got the newer material. I'm not sure if it's the writing style, the content or both, but it was a damn good story and although it ends on a bit of an anticlimax I still felt it was worth the read. You don't necessarily have to read Walsh's first book, though it does give a much more detailed background on the day to day life of growing up ...more
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