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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“Where they were out of earshot Mike asked Jackie what was going on at the home.”

“Nothing is wrong Mr Langley.”

 Listen boy, I cannot help you unless you tell me what is happening here.”

“There is nothing to tell.”

If they are treating you badly squeeze Maureen’s hand.

“Jackie squeezed it so hard.”

“Are they beating you? Squeeze Maureen’s hand if it’s true.”

“Again Jackie squeezed Maureen was shocked

“Are you the only one that they mistreat here; once for yes twice for no.

Jackie squeezed twice.

“The bell sounded and Jackie got up.”

“I have to go or I will be late and miss my tea.”

“Okay Jackie but I’m going to look into this place. “ Take care boy and we will be back for you.” Here Jackie there’s a box with clean socks and underwear. There’s some cake and a chocolate bar in there for you.

Jackie took the box then ran to wards the dinning hall he turned and waved and both mike and Maureen waved back.”

When they got into the car Mike banged his fist against the steering wheel. “I told you there was something odd about this place didn’t I?

“I feel bloody awful having brought him here Maureen.”

“You weren’t to know and neither was I.”

I’m going to report this to the authorities on Monday morning when I get into work.”

Mike started the engine then turned the car around and drove away.


Jackie was met by Mrs Jenkins and Mr Buckley who relieved him of his box then asked him to come to the office.

“Sister Agnes was waiting outside when they got there.”

Once inside the room they asked Jackie to sit down on the wooden chair whilst they questioned him.

Mrs Jenkins slapped him over and over but Jackie didn’t crack.

“I told them nothing.”

Why then would Mr Langley bang his hand on the steering heel of his car if you hadn’t told him anything?

“Get up and bend over my desk said Mr Buckley.”

“No I won’t.”

“You what?

“Get hold of him said Buckley to the two women who held him down as Buckley thrashed away with the cane on his back, legs and across his face which split his lip and his right eye.

“Are you going to tell me or do you want some more?”

Jackie’s tears were rolling down his face and mixed with the blood from the cut on his eye and inside his mouth but he told them nothing.”


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