Richard McCann

The Boy Grows Up
  • The Boy Grows Up

  • Richard McCann's account of his childhood became a massive UK bestseller. In it he told the harrowing story of how he and his sisters were left motherless when the Yorkshire Ripper killed his first victim, Richard's mother Wilma McCann. Just A Boy was praised for its unflinching and unself-pitying account of a neglected childhood at the hands of an abusive father and uncaring authorities.

    The Boy Grows Up is an account of how Richard used the success of Just A Boy to try and save his sister, and of his attempts to make sense of his past whilst learning more about the effects of traumatic childhoods and loss.

Since finishing his first book, Richard has been studying how families can survive and recover after being shattered by trauma, while also finding out more about his mother's life. He has become a Samaritan and is involved with SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter). He has been contacted by readers from all over the world wanting to share their own experiences and has been invited to speak at conferences on how people can rebuild their lives and deal with loss and anger. He lives in Leeds.


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