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The Boy From Baby House 10

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780297858959

Price: £5.99

ON SALE: 25th February 2010

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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Gripping expose revealing one of the last secrets of the Soviet empire: its abuse of children in state institutions.

‘Deeply moving, frequently enraging and ultimately uplifting’ DAILY MAIL

‘A miracle story’ IRISH TIMES

This is the affecting true story of a remarkable young boy named John Lahutsky. John, born in Russia in 1990, was afflicted with cerebral palsy, abandoned by his birth mother and consigned to certain death in the deplorable orphanages and asylums of Russia. He was discovered, living half naked and confined in an iron-barred cot for 24 hours a day. But he refused to succumb to the regime of abuse, and enlisted a range of people to help him escape.

For three years he was under constant threat of being returned to an asylum but, after a series of miraculous coincidences and terrible disappointments, he moved to America. He has been able to start a new life and, now aged eighteen, is a full partner in this book, with his memories supplemented by outsiders who battled the system on his behalf.

Life in these appalling institutions has remained a closely guarded secret. But the author has managed to gain unprecedented access and has uncovered a true portrait of a child-care system which was founded by Stalin but exists to this day.

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Harrowing biography... Philips tells Vanya's often shocking tale with sensitivity but while this story is ultimately a happy one, Philps reveals that there remain about 800,000 children in Russia still trapped in homes such as Baby House 10
SUNDAY TIMES
A miracle story... The book ends with a sober codicil; there are still five thousand children in Russia condemned to bed regimes
IRISH TIMES
Deeply moving, frequently enraging and ultimately uplifting account of how a seriously disabled child blessed with an unquenchable spirit triumphs over adversity with the aid of good-hearted people... compelling, often haunting book...
DAILY MAIL