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Savage Girls and Wild Boys

Michael Newton

Savage Girls and Wild Boys by Michael Newton is a poignant but beautifully written account of the extraordinary children brought up in the wilderness or locked up for long years in solitary confinement.

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Savage Girls and Wild Boys traces the compelling history of extraordinary children, brought up in the wilderness, or locked up for long years in solitary confinement. In a poignant and beautifully written account, Michael Newton explores both the lives of these children and of the adults who ‘rescued’, educated or abused them.

‘Thoughtful and crisply written . . . Newton tells the stories confidently, clearly and with great humanity.’ Independent on Sunday

‘The stories Newton has to tell are spellbinding.’ Mail on Sunday

‘A collection of six, extraordinary individual histories, beautifully navigated.’ Evening Standard


Michael Newton is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children and of a book on Kind Hearts and Coronets for the BFI Film Classics Series. He has also edited Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent (Penguin Classics), Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son (Oxford World Classics) and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories. He has taught at…

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