The Gypsy’s Son

Written by Theresa Le Flem
Review by Christoph Fischer

The Gypsy’s Son is set in Cornwall in the 1950s. The story follows a family separated by an accident involving Finn, an eight-year-old boy, and the pram that holds his baby sister. While one part of the story follows the boy and his life with the gypsy, Gideon, another strand tells the story of the baby sister being found and adopted.

The strength of this novel lies in the characterization and the description of the deep psychological impact that the accident had on Finn. There are misconceptions and assumptions that influence the characters and their lives.

I would, however, have liked there to be more of a ‘fifties’ feel to the story and descriptive details to illustrate the era, additionally the cover does not do the book justice. The plot was less of a surprise to me than the blurb implied but I did enjoy the story and feel I learned about the Gypsy culture. Overall, this is a great coming-of-age story and a moving tale.