My Life in Books: Gabriel Rutherford

Gypsy Boy // Mikey Walsh

Gypsy Boy is a criminally under-read book. Written by a man who fled his family of Romani origin, it’s a harrowing tale of the writer’s childhood and adolescence. I won’t describe the content here, in case any reader is disturbed or offended, because some of the content is extremely shocking. I will mention, however, that the narrator’s realisation that he is gay and will have to keep his sexuality a secret, a fact that adds to his already long list of issues, plays a massive part in the dynamic of the book. Harrowing in parts, yet bizarrely charming in others, Gypsy Boy is the darkest book I have ever read.





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