[Reading] ➿ Being Billy Author Phil Earle – Marjoriejane.co.uk


10 thoughts on “Being Billy

  1. says:

    Woosh This book was fantastic I think my heart is still pounding from those last couple of chapters I don t mind admitting that the majority of my knowledge of children in care is from reading Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson And I know that might sound odd because Ms Wilson doesn t really write young adult books, ...


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    5 Words Harsh, startling, thought provoking, different.I haven t read a book like this for a long while And it was so refreshing.Being Billy is stark and harsh and though provoking It makes you stop and think and look at things from a different perspective.This book is UKYA at its best It s real, it s gritty and it hits you hard.At first I thought I wasn t going to sympathise with Billy He s a bit of a shit But as I read I discovered that he s a good kid, really He just hasn t had the bes 5 Words Harsh, startling, thought provoking, different.I haven t read a book like this for a long while And it was so refreshing.Being Billy is stark and harsh...


  3. says:

    Being Billy was a very realistic book It is clear from the beginning that Phil Earle has previously worked in care the authenticity of Billy and the relationships he has with others is incredible Though I didn t find Billy completely endearing, I found him to be a very interesting character and I could see where he was coming from in a lot of his thoughts and I could admire the fact that he knew he wasn t perfect and had made mistakes I adored Billy s relationship with his siblings as it sh Being Billy was a very realistic book It is clear from the beginning that Phil Earle has previously worked in care the authenticity of Billy and the rela...


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    Being Billy is a book that I ve been meaning to read for a long time now, it s come highly recommended by most of my favourite UKYA bloggers and now that I ve finally read it I can completely understand why they all rave about it It s incredibly impressive to think that this was Phil Earle s debut novel and I m excited that I already have copies of his next three books because I can t wait to dive into them.Billy is an angry young man, something that isn t really surprising considering everythi Being Billy is a book that I ve been meaning to read for a long time now, it s come highly recommended by most of my favourite UKYA bloggers and now that I ve finally read it I can completely understand why they all rave about it It s incredibly impressive to think that this was Phil Earle s debut novel and I m excited that I already hav...


  5. says:

    Rating 4.5 StarsAlthough I am a fan of contemporary novels and recently read another novel set in the UK with a male protagonist review here , Being Billy still managed to take me by surprise I was expecting it to be confronting and gritty, it seems to be something the Brit s excel at, but I was not expecting it to make me so angry or have a protagonist I didn t particularly like....


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    Being Billy was so much better than I expected it to be I found the description to be only vaguely intriguing and certainly nothing original at all I didn t expect it to be so engaging and unique I thought Billy was an excellently developed character and had no problems empathizing with him and his whole situation While Billy is certainly not perfect, he s still a good person who has just been through a lot I loved his relationship with his little siblings and I loved that he wasn t afraid Being Billy was so much better than I expected it to be I found the description to be only vaguely intriguing and certainly nothing original at all I didn t expect it to be so engaging and unique I though...


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    4.5 StarsThis really is such a great book I apologise in advance for my rather gushing review but I really did love it.The story follows Billy, a boy who has been in care for the past 8 years, a lifer as he calls it He s angry with everyone the only meaning in his life are his younger brother and sister Then one night he runs into a girl called Daisy and they develop a friendship As he starts to open up to her he begins to learn that people do careand that he cares tooPhil Earle 4.5 StarsThis really is such a great book I apologise in advance for my rather g...


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this moving and poignant tale about Billy an angry young man who has spent a lifetime living in care.I liked this book because I thought it gave real insight into what life is like for children like Billy and highlights an issue that many people do not give a second though to It showed how simply the effect of being in care can affect every aspects of a childs life even affecting their future...


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    Wow I honestly cannot believe Being Billy is a debut novel The writing is first class and I was moved from beginning to end I am officially in love with this book.Being Billy touches on a subject I haven t read about much in YA literature children in a care home Earle writes with a stark honesty and it s quite clear he knows his subject matter inside out Some of the little stories within Being Billy s pages can only be real life anecdotes and they really help to bring the book alive The Wow I honestly cannot believe Being Billy is a debut novel The writing is first class and I was moved from beginning to end I am officially in love with this book.Being Billy touches on a subject I haven t read about much in YA literature children in a care home Earle writes with a stark honesty and it s quite clear he knows his subject matte...


  10. says:

    I was very lucky in winning a signed copy of this book from the wonderful book blog Wonderous Reads I woke up at 5am this morning and read this book in one sitting could not put it down.I found it a very emotional book, it gave you an insight into the mind of a 15 year old boy in care He is aggressive anti establishment, school, care home etc The only people he cares about is the twins his little brother and sister.His mother had given up her rights to him and allowed him to be put forward f I was very lucky in winning a signed copy of this book from the wonderful book blog Wonderous Reads I woke up at 5am this morning and read this book in one sitting could not put it down.I found it a very emotional book, it gave you an insight into the mind of a 15 year old boy in care He is aggressive anti establishment, school, care home etc The only people he cares about is the twins his little brother and sister.His mother had given up her rights to him and allowed him to be put forward for adoption, it didn t work out and he was returned to the care home and reunited with the twins Alt...


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Being Billy summary pdf Being Billy , summary chapter 2 Being Billy , sparknotes Being Billy , Being Billy 4535c39 Being Billy Is The Award Winning First Novel By Phil Earle Heroic, Phil Earle S Hugely Anticipated Third Novel Is Out On 24 April 2013 Faces Flashed Before My Eyes And For Every Face There Was A Time That They Had Let Me Down Each Punch That Landed Was Revenge, My Chance To Tell Them I Hadn T Forgotten What They Did.Eight Years In A Care Home Makes Billy Finn A Professional Lifer And Billy S Angry With The System, The Social Workers, And The Mother That Gave Him Away.As Far As Billy S Concerned, He S On His Own His Little Brother And Sister Keep Him Going, Though They Can T Keep Him Out Of Trouble.But He Isn T Being Difficult On Purpose Billy S Just Being Billy He Can T Be Anything Else.Can He Phil Earle Writes Starkly But Sensitively About Damaged Children In This Brilliant Page Turning Novel It Moved Me To Tears Jacqueline WilsonBeing Billy Was A Total Page Turner Authentic And Gritty Billy S Voice Doesn T Falter Spiky, Brave And Compassionate Jenny Downham, Author Of Before I Die Moving And Powerful, I Loved It Sophie McKenziePhil Earle Was Born, Raised And Schooled In Hull His First Job Was As A Care Worker In A Children S Home, An Experience That Influenced The Ideas Behind Being Billy He Then Trained As A Drama Therapist And Worked In A Therapeutic Community In South London, Caring For Traumatized And Abused Adolescents.After A Couple Of Years In The Care Sector, Phil Chose The Sedate Lifestyle Of A Bookseller, And Now Works In Children S Publishing Phil Lives In South East London With His Wife And Children, But Hull Will Always Be Home.

  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Being Billy
  • Phil Earle
  • English
  • 01 May 2018
  • 0141331356

About the Author: Phil Earle

Phil was born in Hull in 1974, and he studied English and Drama at Hull University He worked for a year as a carer in a children s home, then after training as a drama therapist, he worked in a therapeutic community in London, which cared for multiply abused adolescents Then, changing tack completely, he chose a marginallysedate life as a children s bookseller It was here that he develope Phil was born in Hull in 1974, and he studied English and Drama at Hull University He worked for a year as a carer in a children s home, then after training as a drama therapist, he worked in a therapeutic community in London, which cared for multiply abused adolescents Then, changing tack completely, he chose a marginallysedate life as a children s bookseller It was here that he developed an obsession for kid s literature, in particular, young adult fiction.After three years at Ottakar s, he became a sales rep, and then a key account manager for Transworld Random House, and is now sales director at Simon and Schuster Children s Books.Phil lives in South East London with his wife and three young children