Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

Gypsy Boy

By Mikey Walsh

  • Release Date: 2009-07-23
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 338 Ratings
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'It was a revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant. I shall never forget it - an amazing achievement' STEPHEN FRY

'Brash and frightening and funny' NEW YORK TIMES

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The Sunday Times bestselling Gypsy Boy was the first commercial memoir written by someone on the inside of the notoriously secretive culture of the Romany Gypsies.

MIKEY WAS BORN into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a closeted community, and little is known about their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something Mikey knows only too well. Growing up, he rarely went to school, and seldom mixed with non-Gypsies. The caravan and camp were his world.

But although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture, his family's legacy was bittersweet with a hidden history of grief and abuse. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere he could truly belong.

Mikey's amazing story is continued in the sequel Gypsy Boy on the Run.


  • Brilliant

    By Rusty2003
    Gripping, racing and heartbreaking at at the same time.
  • Gypsy Boy

    By xx GorjaGirl :) xx
    Best book I've ever read...taking my hectic life into consideration, I had completed it within 3days...I laughed - I cried!! Fantastic read as is the follow on book Gypsy Boy On The Run!! Luv ya Mikey!! God Bless xx
  • Good

    By Jupps87
    Good read!
  • Fab book

    By chili chick
    Oh my what a read!! Was quite harrowing at times, I was in tears a few times :( I enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down! I wish Mikey all the best for his future. :) he is a fantastic person.
  • Great

    By zozozozo123
    A really gripping and heart rendering book. Hard to put down
  • Gypsy boy

    By pippasam
    Excellent read it must have been hard to write and relive some of the very hard times One to read thank you
  • Mr

    By Sideshowbob66
    Brilliant read. Couldn't put it down. It's a must read just so people can understand the gypsy culture. I have gypsy blood myself, and proud of it! So true how our culture has changed and the ones who now give us such a bad name.
  • Great read and true story.

    By Miseese
    Well mikey Walsh.. I am delighted that this book will help to bridge the gap Between us travellers and country, settle people.. We are all the same, but only live by different life styles and upbringings..
  • Touching

    By Le olive
    A truly touching and unforgettable story of immense heart ache, torcher and love. This book and its story will stay with me forever and serve as a reminder that life always has a way of getting better.
  • Buy it

    By Lf2301
    I loved it.. Amazing courage..