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Long Lost Family presenter and Radio 5 breakfast show host Nicky Campbell reveals how the simple unconditional love of Maxwell, his Labrador, turned his life around and helped him come to terms with his difficult journey as an adopted child. 

Dogs have been the common link between the key moments in Nicky Campbell's life: there was Toby, the dog he never knew and who sat devotedly by his cot before his adoption, and then the adorable fox terrier Candy, who arrived soon after he was happily adopted. Nothing could replace the loss of Candy when he died suddenly, when Nicky was only 11. 

Yet it took the arrival of Maxwell, an affectionate Labrador, for Nicky to uncover the simple truth a dog can reveal. The long journey he's been on to cope with the difficult emotions of his adoption, the discovery of his birth parents, his fears of abandonment and the solace he's taken in animals of all kinds, have led Nicky to truly understand the life-changing lesson a dog can teach us: that when we strip away our follies and foibles, the only thing we ever really need in life is love that is given and received freely and unconditionally - just the way a dog does.

©2021 Nicky Campbell (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Wonderful

Nicky has been with me in our house and in our car over many years. He has been our audio friend. Now we better know him through this fascinating account of his life and his feelings.

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Wonderful

This book is incredibly moving and insightful. What a story Nicky tells so eloquently, he gives such clear descriptions as to how it feels to be adopted. I have wept buckets.

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Moving and very honest

Just finished listening to Nicky Campbell’s “One Of The Family”. A really honest account of his life, his problems with being adopted and feeling abandoned.
The writing about his relationship with Candy, his first dog and Maxwell, the present one resonated with me as a dog owner and lover.
I told my wife something that the lady in the pet shop told me when I was buying my dogs their fish jerky and chicken strips. She said “they don't ask for a lot and yet they give us so much”.
Both Nicky and myself would heartily agree with that very wise statement.
A lovely, well written and emotional listen well read (as you might expect of such a good professional radio and tv presenter). The ending in which he reflects about his good fortune in having such brilliant parents as the couple who adopted him brought me to tears.
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One of the family

This story of Nicky Campbell's life, of his heartache, his torment of growing up, his love for Maxwell, his love for his four legged brother Candy and his compassion for all torture animals is heart warming, funny and sad. When Nicky was remembering how he behaved around Candy put me in mind of the times my granddaughter (now 16) would start barking (if she saw a cat) this was because when I took her out in the pram with my 2 dogs Dutch & Gypsie they would bark. She also would eat the dog biscuits (Carnations they were called as I remember). Also she love the game of fetch & bring the ball back in her month.
Nicky's mom & dad sounded like wonderful people & I cannot imagine the heartache of any mother who gives a baby up for adoption but people were cruel in times gone by sometimes forcing them into mental homes & giving them Electric Shock Treatment (because of the sins of the flesh).
If you (Nicky) ever read your reviews Thank You for sharing sure wonderful memories.

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Excellent life story!

Brilliant narrative about a very interesting life of questions and answers, highly recommended, thoroughly enjoyed!

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Heartwarming and heartbreaking

Family life and relationships are complex, more so when you were adopted as a child. Nicky is incredibly honest about himself and his struggles. It made me reflect upon the different difficulties within my own family.
And of course never ever underestimate the importance of the unconditional love of a dog. They love us when we cannot find it to love ourselves.

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Well worth a read/listen.

Very well written and read by Nicky. I listened to it all in one go !!!!
So glad it ended well but overall I thought it was very sad, feeling the struggle Nicky had for all those years.
Wishing you all the best Nicky for always.

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Beautiful book

What a poignant and beautifully expressed story of Nicky’s life. Heartwarming and honest about the feelings adopted people have

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A heartfelt story

Listening to Nicky Campbell’s story had me gripped from start to finish .
Much of it is on him finding his true self having been adopted.
Although not adopted I shared his view on how cruel we are to animals and the frustrations that has brought him .
I am also lucky to share and understand his love for his two dogs first Candy and now Max.
I understand that the special bond between man and his dog and related to the way they make you feel so good no matter how bad you feel .
A great honestlisten that had me filled with tears of joy .

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If you’re adopted

Nicky has explained articulately and eloquently the feelings of many adopted babies in times before adoption parents were asked to keep crucial information about your biological background
I think only adopted people can fully understand and appreciate what it feels like to not look like anyone else in your family and not know anything about your DNA identity!
To be born to someone else and not the parents raising you brings hundreds of identity questions
Nicky explains the feelings of guilt,betrayal and uncertainty about what you’re going to find out If you decide to search your biological background
An excellent insightful read for someone living with someone who is adopted
Thank you Nicky for being brave enough to share your inner most feelings
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