The Idiot Boy by Bob Turney,Helena Kennedy

By Bob Turney,Helena Kennedy

Bob Turney has to be the 1st ‘dunce’—and from the incorrect aspect of the tracks—to win a debate on the Oxford Union, to have addressed meeting at Eton collage, been welcomed as a visitor at No. 10 Downing highway, dined on the condominium of Lords and whose latest writings are in typical use at universities within the united kingdom and out of the country. during this beautiful and intensely readable booklet Bob tells how he overcame a number of risks: dyslexia, being wrongly categorized as educationally subnormal, drug and alcohol misuse and twenty years on-and-off as a visitor of Her Majesty. it's a compelling actual tale of ways opposed to the entire odds he survived trauma, misfortune and lifestyles ‘in the gutter’ to turn into a far revered kinfolk guy, neighborhood chief, buddy of the nice and the nice, commentator and public speaker: a prisoner reborn as a probation officer whose new global took on a clean and specific lifetime of its own.

'I comprehend Bob Turney, and that i recognize his paintings, i've got witnessed him carry an viewers, spellbound': Dr Deborah Cheney.
'Bob Turney is a real champion of human rights within the penal system': Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.
'A extraordinary guy who made an exceptional restoration from the depths': Lord Longford.

The Speaker

Bob has confirmed himself as a wanted identify at the after-dinner circuit, in addition to giving keynote addresses at company meetings and charity and academic features. Bob articulates his attention-grabbing tale in an attractive and simply digestible demeanour, relevantly adapted to the explicit viewers. “The complete night used to be an emotional curler coaster, a truly proposal upsetting night” (Paul Kerry, Provo, Utah, united states) “I stumbled on Bob’s presentation actually inspirational. i'll have listened to him all day. whilst I received domestic I couldn’t cease speaking approximately his presentation. What a lifestyles he has had, he's an outstanding person. You don’t see a lot of them in a single lifetime” (Nicky Jordon, Crowthorne, Berkshire, England).


Since retiring from the Probation carrier Bob Turney has pursued a occupation as a world speaker and writer. He makes standard appearances on tv and radio and is a visitor lecturer in lots of universities and schools, either in England and overseas. a few of his books are the middle texts for college students learning criminology. he's a proficient and wanted speaker at the after dinner circuit, and as a keynote speaker at meetings. A member of the viewers leaving one in all his motivational seminars used to be quoted as announcing “Bob made me giggle and cry on the similar time”.

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