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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“How would you know that Jackie when you never saw me come in.

“I did, I was getting water at the cafeteria when I saw you get out.

“But you didn’t know who I was?

“Know but I remember everything I see.” Goodbye Mr Milton.

“Goodbye Jackie.”

Jackie got into the back of the car and stared out of the window he watched the branches of the trees as they gently swayed and the clouds as they floated by.

“Do you think that there are other forms of life in space he said out of the blue?”

 Who knows Jackie; no one has ever been up in space yet.

I should like to prove that man can exist in other planets and galaxy’s far away.

How do you know about that Jackie have you heard it on the radio?

“No I went into the library in the room opposite and read the book on space exploration.

“John and I were only talking a few minutes Jackie.

“I can memorise a whole book in less than five seconds by just flicking the pages.”

“That is amazing Jackie.”

 “Your brain has got the capacity to store lots of information.

Considering we only use one third of our brain then yes it is possible for you to do that.

“I want to learn so much.”

“Don’t be in too much of a hurry Jackie you have all of your life yet.”

“I will write down all that I have learned from reading these books and hopefully make some improvements.

It would take you more than a life time to type what you have learned.

 “I could talk into a tape recorder or invent a machine that can store all of my thoughts and ideas.”

“Yes that would be a great help to mankind.”

“Turn right here Mrs Backhouse this is my street.”

“Emily parked the car and then turned around to talk with Jackie.

“Jackie be very careful tell no one what you can do because there are some nasty people out there who would take you away.

“Take me away from my dad too?

“Yes Jackie and you would never see him again.”

“I will remember that.”

“Do you want me to come into school tomorrow?

“You must Jackie it’s the law.”

“I must learn about all laws.”


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