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 came out of the room to join Jackie who was just sitting.

“Didn’t you like the story Jackie; said Mrs Backhouse with concern?

It was very good Mrs Backhouse, can I read another one?

“But I gave you it only two hours ago |Jackie you couldn’t have read it already.

“I read three hundred and sixty pages on the way here.”

“The story is over four hundred pages long.”

“Four hundred and sixty four

John Milton came out and asked him what word was the on the fourteenth line down and sixth letter in on page ninety seven.

“Houseboat said Jackie instantly.”

John searched for the page then counted the lines down then six along.

He showed Emily.

“He’s right.”

Can you remember everything that you see?

“Pretty much.

“What is my car registration number Jackie?

“XJ 256

“Emily nodded to john to indicate that he was right.”

“What were your earliest memories then Jackie?

“Looking up and seeing a nurse who placed me in a cot.”

“Can you remember what she looked like?


“Do you remember her name?

“She was wearing a name tag and a watch on her right hand side her name is Susan Doherty.

John wrote down the name so he could ring the hospital.

Emily whispered in his ear to tell him his mother was murdered.

“How tragic is that.”

“Come along Jackie we will get you home now.”

“I will be in touch with you when I have word from the hospital.

“If this is true you know what it means don’t you?

“No but I’m sure you will tell me.”

“It means that babies have the capacity to remember things from birth which is innate behaviour not a learned experience.”

Jackie got to the lift before them all then waited until they were all in before pressing the button for the ground floor.

When the lift stopped Jackie ran out to the multi car park and found Emily’s car amongst the hundred or so that were parked there.

“It would have taken me ages to find my car but Jackie just went straight to it.”

“Speak soon okay?

“Okay now I have to find my car.

It’s on the left count twenty two down and sixteen in said Jackie.


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