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  • The Forgotten Child

  • The powerful true story of a boy abandoned as a baby and left to die
  • By: Richard Gallear
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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By: Richard Gallear
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Summary

Based on a true story, The Forgotten Child is a heartbreaking memoir of an abandoned newborn baby left to die, his tempestuous upbringing and how he came through the other side.

It’s a freezing winter’s night in 1954. A baby boy, a few hours old, is left by his mother, wrapped in nothing but two sheets of newspaper and hidden amongst the undergrowth by a canal bank. An hour later, a late-shift postman is walking wearily home when he hears a faint cry. He finds the newspaper parcel and discovers the newborn, white-cold and whimpering, inside.

After being rushed to hospital and against all odds, the baby survives. He’s baptised by the hospital chaplain as Richard.

Everything feels as though it’s looking up; Richard is put into local authority care and regains his health. However, after nearly five blissful years in a rural care home filled with loving friends, it soon unfolds that his turbulent start in life is only the beginning....

Based on a devastating true story, this inspirational memoir follows Richard’s traumatic birth, abusive childhood and search for the truth.

©2019 Richard Gallear (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"An incredible story of survival." (The Sun)

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Heartbreaking

God bless you Richard. Sending healing prayers your way.
I hope you now can move on and live a happy and fulfilling life

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The forgotten child

A heartfelt story of a life that showed how a child’s mind can protect someone else,while their own life suffers.

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so touching

all I can say is listen to this I love it very touching sad I have to move on to a new one

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Richards Life.

Tears, laughter, sadness and enjoyment, as well as a great read and listen. seeing how Richard s life changed for the better. Great book.

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The forgotten child

A harrowing account of an abandoned baby after leaving an orphanage until he became independent. The system at the time that let him down, then the painful knowledge of his mother’s rejection of him in later life.

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Very engaging.

Really enjoyed this engaging audiobook.
What I would have liked to have done to Arnold ! How can people be so cruel .
Being adopted myself it was especially poignant.
At least it had a happy outcome.

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very good book

what a tearful story...very hard to put down ..I needed to hear more ...100%recommend this book .

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Very emotional read

Loved this book such an amazing life he had his he overcame all the abuse he suffered

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love this book

I loved listening to this book it was very hard to stop listening to it my hart goes out to Richard

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Loved it

Richard did amazingly well to turn out to be such a lovely, hard working and successful person despite the awful traumas in his life.

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