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David Yelland was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire. He has worked in journalism for many years and was Editor of The Sun from 1998 to 2003. In 2007, he was appointed a Life Patron of the NSPCC. He lives in Surrey with his son, Max.
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem. Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. As much as possible he covers up for his father’s drinking, just as his father tries to cover it up to Leo after losing control so many times. But Leo needs a space to escape; he needs his dreams and hopes so that he can escape from home and can get away from his horrible teacher. David Yelland handles the many strands of Leo’s life deftly making this far more than a story about a problem.