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Book: Farewell - A Story of Life on The Streets by A. Pseudonym

Book: Farewell - A Story of Life on The Streets by A. Pseudonym

categories: Book, Rough Sleeping, Streets Life, Homeless, Begging, Street Crime, Housing, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Social Justice, Trauma, Outreach, Homelessness


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about this book: A gritty and dramatic short read about the life of the homeless on the streets.

The book is written from experience and based on real people and situations. The author has experience of homelessness as an adult and as a child, as well as having worked for homelessness charities since being housed.

The story follows the adventures of a group of homeless people on the streets of the UK as they face challenges and dangers including the weather and dangerous criminals, some battle alcoholism and addiction, some struggle with trauma and the impossible housing process, but they all like to meet up at soup kitchen and talk about life and events.

The book focuses especially on two characters, Anna, a homeless woman who roams from town to town, and Mikey, a traveller man who begs in the post office porch, Anna and Mikey are friends, and they inspire each other, Mikey takes up writing, encouraged by Anna, and produces some pretty good work, but disaster strikes, and it is uncertain what Mikey's future will be, and whether his writing will be a success.

The book is a short work created in four days, an experiment by the author, inspired by experience and designed to educate about real life homelessness. The cover is the author's own work, taken at a protest by the homeless against a local council criminalising rough sleeping in the town centre. The title wasn't easy to decide, and was going to be 'The Farewell' after the poem, which is the author's own work but a decade older than the book, but a film came out at the time of the book's creation, which was Japanese, but also called 'The Farewell' and the author decided from experience to avoid confusion by shortening the book title.

The book wasn't 'researched' but written entirely from experience, including the author's experience of churches and their interactions with the homeless. It was a great experience for the author to be there in the book and back in a place and with people who were very special. No individual is identifiable from this book. The aim of the book is to educate and share experience of homelessness in the UK, and the author hopes to create sequels if the book is well received.

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