The Boy in the Boat
Overview - An engrossing memoir that reads more like fiction than fact. A compulsive page turner that will have you burning the midnight oil. Brian O'Raleigh never knew why his family fled Ireland but he learned early to escape his father's demonic rages by slipping away from the Alexandra Private Hotel to the beach and the Kathleen R, the fishing boat that was to become his refuge and his sanctuary. Read more...
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An engrossing memoir that reads more like fiction than fact. A compulsive page turner that will have you burning the midnight oil. Brian O'Raleigh never knew why his family fled Ireland but he learned early to escape his father's demonic rages by slipping away from the Alexandra Private Hotel to the beach and the Kathleen R, the fishing boat that was to become his refuge and his sanctuary. At the age of 18, in trouble with the law himself, Brian left England for Australia seeking to overcome a growing dependency on alcohol and the damage it was wreaking on the lives of himself and also those he loved. In a style that is both raw and compelling, The Boy in the Boat tells the riveting story of Brian's childhood, his triumph over alcoholism, his inspirational journey towards recovery, and eventually to the profound revelation that he was molded and shaped during his childhood years for the meaning and purpose of his life. This is a truly engrossing book. Read what the leading critics said about this story. The Australian Irish Echo: "O'Raleigh is a convincing writer and this book deserves ranking with 'Angela's Ashes'. He mixes dialog, narrative and reflection in a story that is always engrossing, often scary and sometimes funny." Australian Woman's Day. "From raw and compelling prose, a moving portrait emerges of Brian. From cowed child to fierce rebel and finally to an adult battling his own inner demons. This is a finely crafted memoir." Australian New Idea: "Brian is no angel. He's an infuriating drunk and an irresponsible brute; which is why this story of ultimate redemption is so powerful." Amazon 5 Star Reviews. It's About Courage.... By Tina Beana January 28, 2015 "It takes a special kind of courage to tell the world about all the mistakes you've made, about years of emotional and physical abuse by a parent, decades of alcoholism, pulling no punches, but that's exactly what Brian O'Raleigh has done in this memoir. Yes, it was a difficult book to read on many levels--it's not easy for a reader to watch a character sink further and further into an addiction, to see them lose everything at one point. But this man succeeded in turning his life around He tells his story to bring hope to so many who have been, or are still, in the same "boat." God bless him for all he's been through, and for all the truths for others that have come from his journey. And for those reviewers who have given this book 2 stars, stick to comic books, or romance novels...you're clearly too immature to be reading memoirs." Amazon 5 Star Review. "Amazing I have shared with friends who also enjoyed the book" By Robyn Sherd McVeyon December. 2014 "I wrote to Author and he responded generously. In all a very moving experience for me personally" Amazon 5 Star Review. "Excellent read " By Kent Erickson March. 2014 "Highly recommend this book. Superbly written and what a story I read it on my Kindle then ordered the hardcover version to keep around on my bookshelf.... top shelf " Amazon 5 Star Review. "Excellent," By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase "Excellent. Recommend it to everyone. Amazon 5 Star Review By Dave Meredith on December 21, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase It's powerful; a real tear jerker too. Amazon 5 Star Review By Joan Olson on May 7, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Wonderful book 3 stories in one, all excellent. Amazon Five Star Review By Richard Ascher on April 1, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase "Enjoyed a lot."
- ISBN-13: 9781480058903
- ISBN-10: 1480058904
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Publish Date: October 2013
- Page Count: 370
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.77 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.09 pounds