Born illegitimate in north east England in 1944, John Fahey was sent to his father’s parents in western Ireland. John’s parents later married and brought back to England when he was nine, he was continually beaten and battered by his father, who called him a bastard, throughout his teenage years. Surviving on his memories of Ireland, his trust in his Catholic faith, the help of kind people and relatives, and his love of chemistry, John went through major crises, feeling lost and alone in 1960s England and Scotland, he took on challenges, fought back against despair, and struggled with his sexual identity under legal intolerance. But determined to find a better life he went to university and finally to America.
This is a story of surviving against the odds.
“A wonderous story of survival in the worst of times! Will bring tears to your eyes!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Patricia A. Collins
Survival is a heart wrenching memoir of the life of a young boy who grew into a successful man, despite the physical and mental abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. It is if you were there with him, experiencing the beatings his father meted out, and then the kindness of strangers who helped him on his path. His adventurous spirit, hard work ethic, and a wonder of life’s possibilities were not diminished by the cruelty of his father. His journey to find his true self as a man was helped along by a friend who wanted him to be happy and find love, even though at that time being gay was not accepted. As the book ends he is coming to America. Hopefully, there will be another book to follow his adventures here in America, because I thouroghly enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions this book provided!
About the Author
I’m a scientist retired from a career in biomedical research. I’ve begun to write memoirs of my life. This first one covers my life up to age 23. The title is Survival, subtitle From a broken childhood to a PhD.
I have a web domain in which I write about topics aiming at a healthy longevity. That domain is www.erinpharm.org. You can see an account of my life and career on the about_me page at that domain. It is entirely informational. I do not sell anything nor do I have any affiliation to pharmaceutical companies or medical groups. I look forward to the future with a sense of awe and wonder.
I have a writeup in an online Irish Literary Magazine:
I have an official review at onlinebookclub.org: http://tinyurl.com/pk77b4r