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Heartwarming story of courage
31 January 2020 by Arya S 0 0
This book really moved me. I love Bo's journey of self-discovery and my favourite part was the message at the end "no matter how small you are, you can achieve great things". I really hope it touches the souls of many little ones.
Good read but disjointed
13 August 2019 by Chris P 0 0
I found there were too many characters and it was difficult to keep track of the narrative. However, on further reading there was a logic to this and all the strands came together at the end. I particularly liked the postcript mentioning what happened the characters after the story.
18 June 2019 by stephen s 0 0
I remember reading this book during the early 1970s as a 7-8year old.Roundabout the same period when making a dummy of guy fawkes to collect 'pennies for the guy',was a preoccupation of most boys and girls leading up to firework night....The book drew me in with its bitesized chunks of easily digested references to times past.The book is also a fond association,for me,of a time when children had different freedoms.
The Kids Adore This Book
13 January 2018 by Leonie E 0 0
An amazing and fun story with beautifully illustrated characters which compliment this very entertaining story so well. The kids really enjoy the fun expressions and it makes a really enjoyable read too. The nicely illustrated characters give the kids a giggle as they follow the story and the well defined sounds and moves of each of the characters are very engaging. The story is very light hearted and fun and is a fave with the kids (which is always a winner!)
A noble and brave story
15 September 2017 by Jessica 0 0
A sequence of family tragedies led to Keith Lawton spending his childhood with a series of foster parents and in a notorious care home. Unable to deal with the abuses and cruelty he suffered, Keith locked his memories away, but he is haunted by nightmares. Years later, having built a successful career in the construction industry, Keith decides to find out about his past. As he discovers his case files, and the often heart-breaking notes written about him all those years ago, his memories emerge, and he begins to piece together a past where a little boy, vulnerable and alone, was failed by the system, over and over again. This is Keith’s story, honest, raw and heartfelt. It is a story of discovery, of hurt, and ultimately of healing, as Keith recounts his own past in the hope that it may help others to come to terms with their own.
Chorlton Pub Walks
27 May 2017 by Peter T 0 0
This is the second in the series of books about Manchester Pubs, this one featuring Chorlton-cum-Hardy. It Is not a directory of opening times and different beers but more a "Stories behind the doors" of the people and places in Chorlton. 33 pubs and bars split into 6 walks with easy to read maps. Read it at home or do the walks. What more could you want.
13 March 2017 by Janice H 0 0
I found this book very helpful, it explained things clearly, giving good advice on how to precede in all different aspects in preparing for interviews.
It gave many examples of classroom planning and how to get the best outcome, then after reading a chapter you could write your own thoughts.
My grandson will soon be applying for job interview to become a teacher and I am going to pass this book on to him as I know it will help him,
19 September 2016 by Jessica 0 0
Keith Lawton is a victory. A victory over neglect. A victory over torment. A victory over a harrowing and painful past.
Born to an alcoholic father and a schizophrenic mother, Keith Lawton did not have a childhood - he had a ticking time bomb. His father's death and his mother's illness lit the fuse, and the shattered debris of his life has taken a lifetime for him to even attempt to repair after circumstances marooned him in the national scandal which is the British "Care" system.
"No Accountability" is the autobiography of someone who refused to stand mute witness to his own destruction at the cruel, abusive hands of others. It is a selfless true story of a secret past, endured in the darkness of silence brought out into the light with bravery, and humour.
“Despite its bleakness, No Accountability is a story of hope… it demonstrates the importance of moving on from traumatic experiences and putting the past behind you”
“No Accountability is a worthy successor to 'No Photographs' as well as a commendable read in its own right.”
“Stand beside Keith and all the other children and adults who face abuse every day because if there is one thing I have learned from this book it’s that if we don’t, vulnerable people will continue to hide in shame.”
"No Accountability" by Keith Lawton – Early Reviews – Pre-Publication
Keith Lawton's debut 'No Photographs' is a personal account of care system failings, and now, with his latest offering, “No Accountability”, Lawton continues to explore and expose the collective disgrace, which should be the subject of far-reaching enquiry and national soul-searching. "Care" is a euphemism in such a setting, a piece of irony because there is very little in way of actual care available, which “No Accountability” shows.
Lawton describes the systematic and wholesale destruction of innocence in everyday terms and does so with devastating effect, chronicling the long-term impact upon his subsequent life in harrowing detail, expressed in simple terms without excess and decoration. He is to be applauded for this, and his story is stronger because of it.
The aftermath of such scandalous treatment is, after all, not experienced, felt or lived in the language of dispassionate evaluations and judicial enquiry - the words of the survivor are raw, and understandably so. Lawton takes the rawness of his emotional reaction to his experiences and, rather than using his narrative to lament or wallow, instead uses it to describe, to guide and inspire those who have also lived it.
Throughout, the tone is one of someone who seeks to relay the unfolding of a nightmare to those fortunate enough to have never experienced it, in order to draw attention to the suffering and struggles of those who have.
Lawton's bravery is to be applauded. His words add a human face to the bald statistics and anonymous headlines surrounding what is, in no uncertain terms, a national scandal of horrific proportions. The reader is drawn into the trauma and its aftermath, and I dare anyone to read this book and not become a crusader for the accountability, which has so far been absent and denied by those responsible for inflicting such ordeals on the innocent.
This book is a worthy successor to 'No Photographs' as well as a commendable read in its own right.
No Accountability is a wonderful book, bringing us Keith’s own experiences, told in the way only he can. His brutal honesty and humour make this a “Must Read” for those looking for truth, hope and inspiration.
“No Accountability” follows on from “No Photographs” and we find out more about Keith and his life journey. I find Keith’s humour endearing and if it weren’t for this then I would have struggled to connect with the story, not for any other reason than that I have no personal experience of the care system. I believe the message of this book is firmly carved around bringing things out into the open. Hiding from the truth is tantamount to condoning the abuse that very clearly happens.
I am touched that Keith has had the courage to share his story with us. I cannot imagine having the strength he has and I am eternally grateful for my own childhood because “No Accountability” reveals that not everyone is so fortunate. There are tough lives that go on around us every day and many suffer in silence with no voice and no support.
So, stand beside Keith and all the other children and adults who face abuse every day because if there is one thing I have learned from this book it’s that if we don’t, vulnerable people will continue to hide in shame through no fault of their own whilst the perpetrators walk free to continue their lives completely without remorse.
'No Accountability, the follow-up to Keith Lawton’s debut book, No Photographs, offers further insight into his gripping life story. Featuring both tragedy and humour.
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