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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Jackie saw the shower in the bathroom; he’d never had a shower before and was curious as to how it worked. He ran the cold tap then squeezed some toothpaste onto his brush and began to clean his teeth. He could hear his gran in his head saying to him “don’t forget to clean the back ones.”

He turned the brush so he could reach the back then spat out the white foam from his mouth and then used the glass to rinse out his mouth.

He dried himself with the towel on the rail behind the door before hanging it back up.

Walking back to the room after putting on his pyjamas Jackie looked into Mrs Langley’s bedroom there was a big double bed and fitted wardrobes. The floor had a sheepskin rug on it and the bedspread was purple and white with matching pillows and curtains.

Even the twin table lamps had white and purple shades. He gently closed the door then went to the other bedroom and got under the covers.

Mrs Langley came up and asked him if he was alright then she gently brushed his dark hair out of his eyes hen brushed her hand over his cheek before saying good night. Maureen Langley closed the door after she turned out the light.


When Mike came to bed Maureen was reading the latest copy of Woman’s Own magazine. She put it down when he got in then asked him where they would send Jackie.

“More than likely they will send him to the Orphanage in Longbenton.”

“What’s it like there?

“I don’t know love; but I’m sure Jackie will fit in with the other children there.

How long will the boy have before they take him away?

“It depends on the court but it won’t be long.”

Maureen rested her head on her husband’s chest.


It was three o’clock in the morning when Maureen heard Jackie crying his heart out.

She got out of bed and put on her dressing gown then went into her daughter’s room.

She sat on the edge of the bed and tried to comfort the boy.

“Come on Jackie this isn’t going to be as bad as you think you know, there will be other boys there who I’m sure you will make friends with.

“I don’t want to go Mrs Langley; I just want to go home.”

“You know that isn’t possible Jackie that is why you are here; because until they find someone who will look after you permanently you will be looked after at the children’s home.”

Jackie threw his arms around Maureen and held onto her as if his life depended on it.

She held him as a mother would then told him not to worry because everything as going to be alright.

“Lie down now and try and sleep.”

“She leaned over and kissed the boy on the forehead then went back to her room where she lay awake until the next morning.


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