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Summary

Ireland, 1959. Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well: his mother's death in childbirth. 

The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders. 

As Christy struggles with his new classmates, he starts to question who he is and where he belongs. But then the discovery of an old newspaper photograph, and a long-buried secret, changes his life for ever. 

©2010 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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"A full-throated song of praise. I loved it." (Sherman Alexie)

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Brilliant

Really loved this, the story the narration everything about it I have nothing negative to say, a wonderful book

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Superb

I loved everything about this book. Jeanine Cummins writes so well that one can get into the heart of the character. There's lots of humour in the way he describes things, so I smiled a lot. The narration completed it and made it the heart-warming story it is . I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much had I read it on pages. Congratulations on a very well done piece of work!

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Great Book

Absolutely loved this story and also the narrator. The best narrator I've listened to so far on audible by a country mile.

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Captivating

Oh my, I haven’t enjoyed a book as much as this one in a long time. The narrative pace is just right, the narrator is perfect and the story is magical, funny, tragic and entirely believable. I wish it were longer.

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Excellent book, so impressed and surprised..

This author is amazing - I didnt look her up after listening to my first Audible listen by her (American Dirt) and tbh didnt realise for a while The Outside Boy WAS the same author, she is so talented and versatile!! .. this story is so well told and so well narrated I was totally entranced, i found it entirely engaging, right from the very start - it is lovely and funny and sensitive and sad and, did I say funny... Loved it, didnt feel like it was long enough a book which is always a good sign👍👍👍.. Enjoy!

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Very enjoyable!

A very interesting story and excellent narration. Funny in some parts and sad in others. My only slight criticism is that some of the chapters were a bit drawn out with too much description. Highly recommended

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The romany boy Christy

After listening to the outstanding book American dirt by the same author, I thought I would try something else by Jeannine Cummins.
This book does not disappoint, beautiful and descriptive prose and the narrator with his soft spoken Irish accent bought this to full life so it was almost palpable.
The summary says it all so I will not try and tell you anything else, without spoiling it.
Highly recommend.

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A slow burner

I chose this as I loved American Dirt by the same author. This is nothing like it. It's a nice enough story and well written, but I found it very slow, not much happened really. Lovely narration.

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A Heartwarming, Humorous, Perfectly Narrated Tale

After listening to American Dirt a few months ago, I wanted to hear something else from Jeanine Cummins, but had to give myself a chance to recover from the stress first. I needn't have worried, this book and American Dirt are like Chalk and Cheese, the only thing they have in common is that they're both incredible stories.

This lovely tale kept me entertained throughout and had me snorting out loud a few times. The narration couldn't have been more perfect, Alan DeVally was totally convincing as a travelling boy reaching adolescence, there were some wonderful, memorable characters and I really enjoyed this story.

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Outstanding

I just didn't want this story to end! I loved every minute, excellent narration and outstanding quality of writing. A top read.