The Orphan

A woman is found unconscious in the street with a severe head wound; she is also pregnant.
The woman gives birth to a son but later dies- her dying words was the Name Robin McNally- Police sergeant Bob Cole is out to get McNally a petty thief for murder but he manages to get off in court. The grand parents of the woman bring up the boy as their own. Jackie Boyle has an unusual talent- he has the ability to remember everything he see's. he can read a book in minutes and remember every word. Jackie watches his Grand Mother who he calls mam cooking and when she dies of a stroke is forced to cook and clean so that his father who is really his Grandfather; can go to work down the pit at Battlehill Colliery. The five year old does this until his father is killed in the pit rescuing his friends- Jackie is sent to Oakridge Children's Home where he suffered at the hands of the Matron and the nuns strict regime. The Orphan is a fast paced story that will leave you wanting to read more.

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Emily Backhouse took hold of Jackie’s hand and led him to her car.

Where are we going Mrs Backhouse?

“Well first we are going to get you some dinner, and then you are going to meet a special friend of mine.

“Why?

“It’s because he is very interested in clever boys like you.”

“Can I read some more of this book; it’s really good.”

“I reckon you may; but he wants’ you to do some little sums that I gave you this morning.

“Oh those alright then.”

“It was eleven fifty five when Emily walked into the university she knew her way around and went straight to the cafeteria where they were serving lunch. Jackie could smell all the food and his tummy began to rumble.

“Now Jackie pick up a tray and a knife, fork, and spoon you can have anything you like and a pudding too.”

“Thank you Mrs Backhouse.”

The lady behind the counter asked Jackie what he wanted and he asked for sausage, egg, and chips. “Can I get two eggs Mrs Backhouse?

“Would you give the boy two eggs please asked Emily?

Jackie chose some trifle for his pudding then waited until Mrs Backhouse had got her meal. Which was a ham and egg salad; she had gotten some trifle the same as Jackie for pudding.

“You like trifle too said Jackie with a smile as Emily took her seat.

Jackie got straight into his dinner as Emily sprinkled some salt and pepper onto the boiled egg.

“Is that nice Jackie?

“Yes Mrs Backhouse it is lovely.

The young headmistress smiled at Jackie; then told him he was a special little lad.

Emily was used to the rough and ready kids who attended her school not well mannered and refined boy like Jackie.

When Jackie had finished his meal; he asked if he could get a drink of water.

“Yes go ask at the counter.”

 Emily was surprised when he came back with two glasses and gave her one.

Most boys his age would have just got a drink for themselves.

By quarter past twelve John Milton joined them.

“Hello Emily sorry I got held up.”

“So this is the clever lad that you were on about?

“Yes; this is Jackie Kevin Boyle

 John held out his hand and said “hello Jackie I’m pleased to meet you.”

“You too Mr Milton; have you read Swallows and Amazons it’s a fantastic story.

“Do you know who the author is?

“Yes of course, you do not read a book without knowing who wrote the story

Do you? It was written by Arthur Ransome who actually based the story on Robinson Crusoe.

 

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