The infant Phil lives with his poverty stricken mother Annie in a 1950s Yorkshire mill town. But Annie's mental state frequently breaks apart as she is burned by loss and desertion. Sent to a distant orphanage Phil struggles for identity and belonging. With love and humour Phil Barber tells the fascinating story from the dark earth of his tangled roots into a troubled adolescence. More
When his father denies paternity, the infant Phil is left with his poverty stricken mother Annie in a 1950s West Yorkshire mill town. Burned by loss and desertion, Annie's mental state frequently breaks apart. Before his third birthday she releases Phil to a distant orphanage. A series of subsequent separations take their toll on this spirited, imaginative boy who - at every turn - feels violently cast off and set adrift.
In this memoir of life under the roof of a 1960s orphanage Phil Barber has travelled with love and a wry humour into the dark earth of his tangled roots. Fatherless is an account of a displaced boy reaching through a lonely childhood and desperate adolescence to forge his way to manhood. Phil's story is a winding river of struggles for identity, and a search for beauty and belonging among the oceanic pain of feeling exiled from society.
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