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By Danny Kruger   April 2009

William’s mother died when he was little, and when he was 14 he ran away to join the circus. Really, he did: or the fair, at least, with the travellers, riding round the Midlands. By the late 1980s he was a roadie on the illegal party circuit, staging raves in fields and warehouses, the scourge of home secretaries.

He has a nomad spirit. Four children, four baby-mothers, then he was off. He never left for good; he was like a sailor in the old days, with a family in each port, who had to get used to the random arrivals…

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