lyrebird reading groups granchester
Search our site
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Read the opening extract of the brand new Bernard Cornwell book before its publication on 19/10/2017

Street Kid by Judy Westwater
  

Street Kid

Biography / Autobiography   eBook Favourites   

RRP £12.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

As you'd expect from a memoir, this a moving story of overcoming the odds. Unexpectedly, it will make you laugh too. Championed by John Peel, Judy Westwater is a remarkable woman and her story is an inspiration to all.

Win a Signed Copy from Arun Gandhi

We have a highly sought after SIGNED COPY to give away of The Gift of Anger, written by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. This is a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather, beliefs that focus on co-existence and tolerance which are needed now more than ever in our world.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 31 October 2017. The winners will be notified by 9 November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/10/2017

Synopsis

Street Kid by Judy Westwater

After a childhood lived in terror, in 1994 Judy was presented with an Unsung Heroes Award for her charity work with street kids in South Africa. Her moving story came to light after Judy was interviewed by John Peel on BBCs Home Truths. Street Kid is the inspirational and heart wrenching story of her early years.

At age two, in postwar Manchester, Judy was kept by her psychotic father a spiritualist preacher in a backyard where she had to scavenge from bins to survive. At four, she was sent to an extremely strict catholic orphanage, before being put back in her fathers care. For the next three years she was treated as a virtual slave.

After being taken by her father to South Africa, Judy ran away to join the circus where she found her first taste of freedom and friendship. But her dad soon tracked her down and dragged her away. Only weeks later she found herself living on the streets and struggling to survive. For nine months 12-year-old Judy made her home in a shed behind a bottle shop before collapsing in a shop doorway from near-starvation.

Finally, aged 17, she managed to pay her way back to England to find her mother and sisters. But her return to Manchester cruelly shattered her dreams of a happy reunion.

Determined that her childhood experiences should in some way give meaning to her life, Judy has worked tirelessly to help homeless children in South Africa in the very places she herself suffered. She has opened seven centres to date.

About the Author

Judy Westwater
After a tormented childhood, much of which she lived as a feral child, Judy Westwater was determined to make her life meaningful. After setting up two drama schools in Surrey and later in Inverness, she went on to work with street kids for seven years in Mexico. For the past ten years her unstinting efforts to help children in the violent townships of South Africa has been inspirational to many, earning her an Unsung Heroes Award in 2004. Over the past ten years, Judy has set up seven day centres for children in South Africa and lectured to many thousands across the UK to raise funds for her work. Her childhood story, was the subject of one of John Peel’s most moving interviews on BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

2nd May 2006

Author

Judy Westwater

More books by Judy Westwater
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.harpercollins.co.uk/mic...

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9780007213757

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools