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Liverpool to Kirkby Fields: A glimpse at life in a 1950-60s overspill town. [Kindle Edition]

Kate Higgins
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  • Length: 318 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

An original tale of a personal account of a childhood spent in Kirkby, the first of the Liverpool overspill towns to develop - the story takes me back over 35 years to when my dad was employed during the second world war as a civil servant at the Royal Ordnance factory. With a population of around 3,000 made up mainly of farming people, the pretty little town was just a few years later to be developed into the new town with population figures reaching 50,000 at its peak.

As I walk through Kirkby Park estate, 35 years since I left Kirkby, I recall the people, the events, Liverpool's working life and social life, and the humour which together made me and my seven brothers and sisters who we are today.

I note the changes we lived through, the days when our telephone was the one in the red box on the corner of the road; our first television set; to today’s technological world; scenes through the years of family life, school days where the remnants of Victoriana ran parallel with Beatlemania in the “Swinging Sixties”, and of how mum and dad, quite amazingly, managed to take all ten of us on holiday each year.

I recall local ghost stories told to me over the years and although my lifelong interest in the supernatural never produced any ghosts, I do relate what happened the moment I was told my mum had died, fifteen years after dad had also died, which led me to believe that he was there for her that day.

We were inspired by mum and dad, with their legacy of love, selflessness, work ethics and honesty, and last but never to be forgotten, the ability to see the funny side.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00869AQGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirby Road 13 Aug. 2012
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Excellent Reading,Down to earth book,I Would recommend this book to everyone,Good value for money,I will be reading more from this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, honest and humbling! 21 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyable! Funny, honest and humbling. A great journey to the past and the family values that were key to happiness. Everyone could learn from this story. I look forward to reading more from Kate Higgins.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Liverpool to Kirkby fields 24 Jan. 2013
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Actually thought the book was more about the town itself, when in fact it was more about the author who just happened to live in a quiet part of the town, who didn't go to school in Kirkby nor work there. So was quite disappointed although I was glad I read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Wanted a story and got a documentry, unless you come from the area she is talking about you will not be able to see what she sees.
I come from Liverpool but, not from this places or these areas,she talks about, I found this book appealing only to those that lived and worked in the 1950/60's or from KIrby.
I got fed up reading about places I did'nt know and stopped reading it alltogether.
I would not recomend to anyone outside of liverpool Kirby area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a warm and cosy feeling 28 Aug. 2013
I thoroughly loved this light, perhaps bedtime, reading. It's a long time since a book made me smile like this one did. Like other reviewers I, too, am not familiar with the places mentioned in the book but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment. I became absorbed in the life of this large, traditional family and hope that the resultant warm and cosy feeling returns when I read the next work from this promising author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up 16 Oct. 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book, it's reminiscent of the way I was brought up. it triggered off a lot of nice memories and had to laugh at some of the things my sisters and friends got up to- all innocent.....
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