The Truth About Leo by David YellandIt had happened again. Dad had shouted and yelled, thrown things and smashed things up. And then he had quietly cleaned everything away. Leos dad has changed. Since Mum died, his drinking is worse and now hes a different person, someone Leo doesnt recognize. The truth is that Leo is covering up for him and when things get bad Leo escapes into his own head, pretending everythings OK. Things need to change, but what can Leo do? No one understands, except maybe his friend Flora. Leo wants his old dad back so they can be happy again - because Dad is all he has left...
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The Truth about Leo by David Yelland
D avid Yelland is a former editor of the Sun; he is a recovering alcoholic; his wife died of cancer when their son was eight. These bare facts about which Yelland is publicly candid elicit conflicting responses, as does this, his first book for children, which is quasi-autobiographical, heartfelt and expiatory. Ten-year-old Leo Rake lives with his father, a doctor who monsters himself with vodka every night and spends the days in hygienic denial. The room symbolically at the top of the house was the sanctuary of Leo's artistic, loving and now deceased mother. Inside it, Leo knows, is the Memory Box, his mother's bequest to him. It contains mementos of their past and her birthday messages to his future self. His father keeps the room locked.
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The Truth About Leo Synopsis
Editor of The Sun from to , during which time he was drinking up to four bottles of chardonnay a day, David Yelland knows about alcoholism and now wants the rest of the world to know about it too. So he has written a story aimed principally at those children who see their parents drinking themselves to death, but have no idea what they can do about it. Deciding to involve the authorities could mean losing a home; staying around, hoping that things might improve, runs the risk of physical injury. For Leo, the year-old hero of this novel, there is an additional hazard after his house catches fire one night when his father Dr Tom Rake, a local GP, is in one of his drunken fits. There is an uncertainty of tone, with an infantile visiting prime minister seeming to come from a story aimed at much younger readers.
Share on:. Leo lives inside his own head for much of the time. You can't really blame him. He's always tired for a start. That's because he's often up early, tidying up the house after one of his father's rampages.
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