'Deeply moving, this is the most authentic book I've read for a
long time. Simon Dawson's honesty and humour shine through to make
this a wonderful must-read. A surefire bestseller.' Veronica Henry,
bestselling novelist Simon is a grown-up. He has responsibilities
for the dependents in his life, such as a 55-stone boar called The
General and Buster the Billy-goat. But while caring so well for the
animals on his farm, he begins to reflect on the distinct lack of
care in his own childhood. Both funny and heartbreaking, Simon
tells of a latch-key childhood that involved physical and emotional
damage, losing his virginity to a much older woman, failing
spectacularly at school and burning his house down, while his
mother entertained her violent boyfriend and looked for someone she
could give Simon away to. In his new book, Simon decides not just
to face up to the emotional damage his mother inflicted on him, but
to try to understand her and achieve some kind of reconciliation
before she dies. Was it his innate unloveableness, or was it
something that would now be called postnatal depression? Warm,
witty and honest, the book charts the humour, the anger, the
confusion, the hurt, the hate and the desperation of a mother who
can't give love and a son longing for it. WARNING: Contains
hazardous language Readers can't get enough of The Boy Without
Love: 'Funny, open and honest... He will have you writing one
second, crying the next' 'Honest, heart-rending and impossible to
put down' 'Powerful, moving, funny... This book is a must-read'
'Compelling, raw and brave' 'Heartbreaking... a thought-provoking
read' 'Engaging, amusing and entertaining' 'Well written, very sad,
and very honest... I loved this book' 'Deeply moving. Read it'
Praise for Simon Dawson: 'Enchanting' Daily Mail 'Inspirational'
The Sun 'One of the most amusing writers I know' Simon McEwan,
Country Smallholding Magazine
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