Looked After

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Author: Ashley John-Baptiste


Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781399711920

RRP: $45.00


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Ashley John-Baptiste spent the first eighteen years of his life in the British care system, living with five different families during that time without ever being truly part of a family.

It wasn’t easy, or straightforward, and Ashley’s ever-changing living situation affected every single part of his life – from his education to his sense of identity to his friendships and his hobbies. And yet, throughout everything his childhood in care threw at him, Ashley remained resilient and found a way to take advantage of the opportunities that came his way. Now Ashley feels able to tell us – vividly and movingly – how, when it felt like the world was turning its back on him, he refused to be an outsider in his own home and set about establishing a new and positive life for himself.

Looked After is a memoir written from the heart that pulls no punches but demonstrates that given encouragement and love – and, sometimes, a second chance – a care-experienced boy can become a successful broadcaster, a loving husband and a proud father.

Ashley John-Baptiste is an award-winning BBC presenter and journalist. A frequent reporter and presenter across The One Show and BBC News, he also presents the BBC One daytime series Expert Witness and co-hosts Dr Xand’s Con or Cure.

Ashley grew up in foster and residential care in south-east London and faced a number of school exclusions and suspensions as a child. Despite this turbulent childhood, Ashley gained a place to study history at Cambridge University. Soon after graduating, Ashley fronted a BBC Three documentary about his childhood in care, which kickstarted his career as a BBC broadcaster. He is a much sought-after speaker, where he shares his journey with the aim of giving hope and insight to others.

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