The outsider on the inside. The one who watches and listens. The bearer of tales. There are midnight escapes, stolen loot and banned comics. Frogs' legs, eisteddfods, icy drives with Grandpa, hideous encounters with bras, terrifying policemen, albino messengers and Pa's beatings. Told with humour and pathos, Friedman's memoir brings to life a strong sense of place, love, rebellion and betrayal.