Placed in care at a very early age, Paolo Hewitt went to live with a foster family where he endured extreme abuse and humiliation.
Following years of abuse he was sent to Burbank children's home at the age of ten where he met a gang of children. Like him, they were outsiders struggling to find their place in the world. Paolo paints a vivid picture of his coming of age in the children's home; of bruising fights, failed love, brushes with the law and enduring friendships, and describes how his salvation eventually comes through his passion for music and literature.
Gripping and perceptive, The Looked After Kid is a testament to the resilience of children who 'go to sleep at night believing the world to be a dark and terrible place', but wonderfully emerge from the darkness to shine their lights on all.
Paolo Hewitt is a journalist and author of over 20 acclaimed books spanning music, fashion, sport and growing up in care. He began his writing career at Melody Maker and New Musical Express in the 1970s, has been official biographer to Oasis and The Jam, and continues to write regularly for national newspapers and magazines. He has recently published an acclaimed sequel to The Looked After Kid which describes the lives of some of the children he grew up with after leaving care: But We All Shine On: The Remarkable Orphans of Burbank Children's Home.
Acknowledgements. 1. The Walk, July 1958. 2. Hurt is Where the Home is, April 1971. 3. It's The Good Life, Sorrento, Italy, 1947. 4. The Art of Gracious Living, Redhill, Surrey, 1958. 5. In Purgatory, May, 1968. 6. The Looked After Kids, September 1968. 7. The Road Long and Winding. 8. My Essential Tomorrow, 1 September 2001. Epilogue: In the Land of Might-Have-Beens. 'My Future' by Paul K.