A Conversation About Happiness: The Story of a Lost Childhood (Paperback)Mikey Cuddihy (author)
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Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 21 mm
[An] evocative memoir * Guardian *
Cuddihy survived her damaged childhood both because of and despite her time at Summerhill. This paradox lies at the centre of her well-written and moving memoir. * Independent *
[A] thoughtful and nuanced account. * Daily Telegraph *
She writes with vivid truthfulness, even-handed and observant... A fascinating document of an age and a mindset. * The Times *
The ironies within this compulsively readable account of Sixties child-rearing are many. The 'happiness' of the title Is clearly debatable, and yet the plight of the orphaned family - victims of thoughtless, selfish adults - is recounted with a commendable lack of emotion. * Daily Mail *
As a chilling portrait of the abuse of children - especially read in the context of all the current outrage - it is an impressive and disturbing work * Literary Review *
Cuddihy's craft is to elicit our sympathy in non-combative style... Cuddihy's triumph is to remain balanced throughout, leaving us to feel the spills. * Times Literary Supplement *
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