The Boy from Baby House 10 : How One Child Escaped the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage
Vanya is bright, inquisitive four-year-old with tousled black curls and a permanent grin. He doesn't know what the sun is. But Vanya is not stupid. He has not been beyond the four bare walls of his dormitory in a Russian orphanage for two years. During his time in the orphanage Vanya is neglected - starved of love, nourishment and stimulation. Finally, he is sent to an asylum - an underworld where children are left naked on a bare cots for 24 hours a day. But no matter what abuses he endured, Vanya's spirit was unquenchable. He never stopped reaching out to the people around him: other children he saw were giving up, the carers he inspired to fight the inexorable cruelty of the Soviet system and at last, across an ocean to the woman who would become his mother. Vanya's capacity for love saved his life, against all the odds.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 131 x 199 x 21mm | 264g
- 25 Nov 2010
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Alan Philps
Alan Philps started his career as Russian correspondent with Reuters. He then became Russian correspondent for the DAILY TELEGRAPH before moving to become the paper's Middle East correspondent and then its Foreign Editor. He lives in London with his wife Sarah. John Lahutsky is a high school student and lives in Pennsylvania with his mother, Paula Lahutsky, a school psychologist. John Lahutsky is a high school student who lives in Pennsylvania with his mother, Paula Lahutsky, a school psychologist who adopted him and brought him to the US.
'A harrowing account of abuse and suffering in post-Soviet Russia's childcare system.' SUNDAY TIMES 'An inspirational and heart-wrenching read.' BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH 'An against-all-odds story of light in a black world.' HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER 'Incredibly moving and deeply disturbing...a book which once read will not be easily forgotten.' CONTEMPORARY REVIEW