Being Billy (Paperback)
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Being Billy (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 06/01/2011
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Being Billy is the award-winning first novel by Phil Earle.

***Heroic, Phil Earle's hugely anticipated third novel is out on 24 April 2013***

Faces flashed before my eyes.
And for every face there was a time that they had let me down.
Each punch that landed was revenge, my chance to tell them I hadn't forgotten what they did.

Eight years in a care home makes Billy Finn a professional lifer. And Billy's angry - with the system, the social workers, and the mother that gave him away.

As far as Billy's concerned, he's on his own. His little brother and sister keep him going, though they can't keep him out of trouble.

But he isn't being difficult on purpose. Billy's just being Billy. He can't be anything else.

Can he?

'Phil Earle writes starkly but sensitively about damaged children in this brilliant page-turning novel. It moved me to tears' - Jacqueline Wilson

'Being Billy was a total page-turner - authentic and gritty. Billy's voice doesn't falter . . . spiky, brave and compassionate' - Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die

'Moving and powerful, I loved it' - Sophie McKenzie


Phil Earle was born, raised and schooled in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children's home, an experience that influenced the ideas behind Being Billy. He then trained as a drama therapist and worked in a therapeutic community in south London, caring for traumatized and abused adolescents.

After a couple of years in the care sector, Phil chose the more sedate lifestyle of a bookseller, and now works in children's publishing. Phil lives in south-east London with his wife and children, but Hull will always be home.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780141331355
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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“Courtesy of A Trillian Books”

Billy Finn has lived in a care home since he was seven years old. His Step-father used to beat him and his mum was always too drunk to look after him and his younger siblings. Billy has anger issues, hates the cares... More

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“An involving read”

Straight away I have to say I absolutely loved this story. Any book (that isn’t of the romance genre) which involves you so much that you cry ………………. has to have something special about it!

Having worked in the past... More

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“THIS IS AMAZING”

This book is amazing, it pulls out all emotions you never knew you had. You feel for billy and the colonel, and i cried at least twice. i have also met phil earle, and it was amazing. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

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