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Mikey Cuddihy

Born in New York, Mikey Cuddihy was educated at Summerhill School in Suffolk. She later studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. An art lecturer at the University of Brighton, Mikey is an acclaimed artist and writer.
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Written with a cool-eyed compassion, this is a fascinating examination of the bittersweet experiments of '60s child rearing, of which Cuddihy was both a victim and a beneficiary. I found it deeply moving.Esther Freud

[An] evocative memoir
Guardian

Cuddihy survived her damaged childhood both because of and despite her time at Summerhill. This paradox lies at the centre of her well-written and moving memoir.
Independent

[A] thoughtful and nuanced account.
Daily Telegraph

She writes with vivid truthfulness, even-handed and observant... A fascinating document of an age and a mindset.
The Times

The ironies within this compulsively readable account of Sixties child-rearing are many. The 'happiness' of the title Is clearly debatable, and yet the plight of the orphaned family - victims of thoughtless, selfish adults - is recounted with a commendable lack of emotion.
Daily Mail

As a chilling portrait of the abuse of children - especially read in the context of all the current outrage - it is an impressive and disturbing work
Literary Review

Cuddihy's craft is to elicit our sympathy in non-combative style... Cuddihy's triumph is to remain balanced throughout, leaving us to feel the spills.
Times Literary Supplement