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Gypsy Boy on the Run

Gypsy Boy on the Run

My Escape from a Life Among the Romany Gypsies

Mikey Walsh

Thomas Dunne Books




Mikey Walsh didn't know what life was like beyond his Gypsy community. But after fleeing home at age fifteen, he had no choice but to find out.

After centuries of persecution, Gypsies are wary of outsiders, and if you choose to leave, you can never come back. Torn between his family and his heart, Mikey struggled to come to terms with the Gypsy culture and its violent, conservative traditions. At last, he decided to set out on his own. He soon discovered the outside world wasn't all that he expected, and his life would never be the same again.A shocking yet ultimately triumphant memoir, Gypsy Boy on the Run follows Mikey as he comes to terms with himself, his family, and his past—and builds a new life for himself.


The clouds burst and rain began to hammer against the windscreen as we hit the motorway.

Caleb's face was a mask of concentration as he gripped the steering wheel, pushing his little orange car to slice...


Praise for Gypsy Boy on the Run

“The boldly intimate memoir of an English Gypsy's struggle to define himself and his sexuality outside the bounds of traditional Romany culture. … A great-hearted book of tenderness and brutality.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Funny, touching, and heartbreaking in equal measures, Gypsy Boy on the Run is a coming-of-age tale like no other.” —Grazia magazine

“An incredible story of a unique life.” —Heat magazine

“Determination and the kindness of strangers make his tale an uplifting one.” —Daily Express

“Fans of Mikey Walsh's first memoir, about growing up gay in the Romany Gypsy community in England, will undoubtedly love the next installment in his life story: Gypsy Boy on the Run. … Walsh's latest venture examines the mishaps, happy accidents and self-discovery that happen after leaving an insular, traditional culture.” —Next Magazine

“His story is remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking, often inspiring.” —Hudson Valley News

“Every bit as stellar as its predecessor. If you're searching for something for vacation, weekending or just because, Gypsy Boy on the Run is the best escape.” —The Washington Blade

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About the author

Mikey Walsh

Mikey Walsh left the Gypsy community and moved to London. It is the longest he has ever stayed in one place. He taught himself to read and write and now works at a primary school as a teaching aide, and picks up the formal education he missed out on as a child. He is also the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Gypsy Boy.

Mikey Walsh

From the Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

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