This is a true story written with the desire of engaging the reader into a natural novel elopement, rather than into a first person following. As a further diversion, parts of the story are not without humour.
The year was 1963, same year that the Beatles had their first number one hit single. A fourteen year old boy, caught on an errand of mischief, was brought before local magistrates and sentenced to be detained for two years at an approved school. This section of the book is based on absolute truth and fact. Not only does the story reveal the severity of such a life, it is written in a compellingly honest style that portrays the naive and simple humour of the situation of youth and circumstance, as seen through the eyes of the young rogues and adventurers who were relieved of their liberty for their misdemeanours. The like of which, compared to the deeds of many of their modern culpable counterparts, would today seem trifling by comparison. After his release back into the community, the subject never completely escapes from the blunderings of boyhood, and we disclose some extraordinary episodes of his life. After forty years spent trying to evade the wrath of society, he decides to abscond to France. Just as his French desires seem likely to be fulfilled, the rebel is summoned to appear before a Judge, to provide good reason why he should not be committed to prison, which had been the nightmare born way back in his childhood and from which he had never truly escaped. Although the book is very largely based on truth, some of the names and part of the latter content of the narrative have been changed to protect the innocent.
The author, right from childhood, had several imaginary friends. That came about from one of his teachers telling the rest of his class that it was best that they had nothing to do with him. Some of the friends did not turn up, hence the need for more than one. Derek, the subject of the book, was the most consistent. All of this emerged from a very troubled and confused childhood and provided some degree of comfort to a bothered boy. The downside was that Derek created even more problems than the author, and between them, they often clashed with the authorities. In recognition of this problem, the author attempted to make a break for it, and escaped to France. Latest reports suggest that Derek has discovered the authors whereabouts.
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