"This extraordinary and moving book, which tells the story of one boy who escaped, was adopted by Americans despite his physical disability, and grew up with the new identity of John Lahutsky, is written by Sarah's husband, the eminent journalist Alan Philps. Philps is a subtle and intelligent writer, whose years of experience of life in Russia inform every word he writes, letting him neatly avoid the possible pitfalls of misery-lit, and - without mawkishness, but with a deeply sympathetic heart - put this story in its proper context and let all the people involved speak for themselves. Part of the story is John's first-person account of his life today, part a third-person retelling of his past as neglected, but intelligent, orphan Vanya. The contrast - what can become of a child if he's only given love - is extraordinarily moving. This important, fascinating and heartfelt book deserves to be widely read. I can't recommend it too highly. It is vital reading for anyone who loves children and/or wants to understand Russia.
Vanora Bennett, author of Portrait of an Unknown Woman. Read more here.

"An important work that serves as a reminder of the power, strength and resiliency of the human spirit... The Boy From Baby House 10 tells the story of an arduous journey and a triumphant arrival, an arrival not without pain - and not without love."
Bookreporter.com - read more here.

"There is something decidedly Dickensian about this deeply moving, frequently enraging and ultimately uplifting account of how a severely disabled child blessed with an unquenchable spirit triumphs over adversity with the aid of good-hearted people."
Philip Jacobson in The Daily Mail - read more here.

"This harrowing biography details the litany of neglect, abuse and suffering at the heart of post-Soviet Russia's childcare system... Philps tells Vanya's often shocking tale with sensitivity."
Paul Croughton in The Sunday Times - read more here.

"A miracle story... The book ends with a sober codicil; there are still five thousand children in Russia condemned to bed regimes."
Bridget Hourican in The Irish Times - read more here.

"It is strictly non-fiction, but if it were a novel, it might be by Dickens... It has that quality of telling a story of horrifying grimness without being grim or depressing to read-harrowing, but so clearly moving toward its thrilling culmination in the present day that it's rather like an adventure novel... We can see that Vanya has the qualities of an adventure hero-resourcefulness, optimism, and the quality that produced the rousing resolution of his story, a sort of warmth that is attracted to others and evokes that response in them. Terrific stuff-really, you might just stand up and cheer. You'll definitely enjoy reading his book."
Claire Ernsberger, in The Sullivan County Democrat.

"A powerfully moving memoir of Vanya's early years"
Armchair Interviews - read more here.

"This account of a young boy's narrow escape from an oppressive Russian child-care system will shock you, move you, and ultimately inspire you. The book exposes an appalling injustice, then reminds us about the power of persistence, hope, and compassion. Vanya and those who save him are absolutely inspirational."
Alvin Townley, author of Spirit of Adventure and Legacy of Honor

"Aided by British journalist Philps, Lahutsky recounts his experiences in the 'children's gulag,' a Stalinist-era relic that operates to this day... A haunting document of human cruelty, kindness, and survival."
Kirkus Reviews

"The capacity to consider others and to remember kindness given is one of the most winning things about Vanya. I was reminded of the stories of survivors of the German concentration camps, who seemed to survive because they were able to help another... The Boy from Baby House 10 has a kinship with two other books about childhood: Gorki's classic My Childhood, in which he is nearly beaten to death by his grandfather, and Annie M. Sullivan's book about her blind, deaf and unhappy charge, Helen Keller, whom Sullivan made 'see'. This story is an astonishing one. It is horrifying and inspiring."
Alan Samson, publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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