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The Pineapple King of Jarrow and Other Stories Paperback – 7 May 2004


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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Iron Press (7 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906228921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906228920
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,914,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Ferguson is an experienced writer successful in radio, television and radio. His Radio Four series My Uncle Freddie ran for six seasons and in 1997 won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy & Light Entertainment. Alex is the founding writer of Corin & Vanessa Redgrave's Moving Theatre with successful productions of his plays The Flag and Casement at Battersea Lane and the Riverside. In 1997 Alex won the Guinness National Award for Pub Theatre with Big Mama. In 2004 he won a regional Royal Television Society nomination for the short film Lads and was selected for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the Screenlit Festival in April 2010 with Painting Over The Cracks. Alex has a commendable history in radio & television drama and was the Creative Director of the Bold as Brass Theatre Company that he founded in 1997 until 2008 when he became Life President. His collection of short stories, My Uncle Freddie [2004] and Uncle Freddie & The Prince Of Wales [2010] are available from Iron Press, Cullercoats, Northumberland. His first venture into juvenile fiction, the spooky story, Tiggie, is published by AuthorHouse and is available on Amazon.
Recently Alex has been involved in writing for the 2011-2012 The Owner [London Segment] Collabfeature Presentation. World Premiere 25 May 2012 and The Train Station [The Wallet & The Golf Ball The Marriage] Collabfeature Presentation 2012. These are two unique feature films in which fourteen directors & writers in fourteen countries have collaborated.
Most recently Alex has written the screenplay of Bliss! which is being produced by Rita Osei of Sugar & Water Films to shoot on Tyneside in 2014. Bliss! began life as a stage production for the Bold as Brass Theatre Company.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "linescraig" on 11 May 2004
Format: Paperback
No it's not Alex Ferguson football manager, but the talented and prolific South Shields (Tyne and Wear) writer responsible for the six 'My Uncle Freddie' series on BBC Radio 4. This collection of short stories is exceptionally funny and entertaining, and is written with marvellous ease. Based on true events from the authors own childhood, it will transport you into the life of a 12 year old boy growing up in 1930's Jarrow accompanied by his resourceful and unconventional Uncle Freddie. A must-have for all ages, this book would make a wonderful present for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Sutton on 12 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent read.

It's about young Lecky Ferguson (the author) and his odd uncle; an eccentric but imaginative individual who guides him through the minefields of childhood and life in thirties Jarrow. They get into scrapes; sometimes Lecky's understanding doesn't give him the full picture, but the adults (and the reader) can see well enough.

The stories were broadcast on radio 4 a few years ago and won some awards. The book is even better; it made me laugh and reflect and sometimes it brought a tear to my eye.

There's another book of these tales: it's next on my list.

Thank you, Alex Ferguson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Cross on 7 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a really wonderfully written book, full of love, tenderness and very funny stories. It tells the tale of young Lecky (the author) and his Uncle Freddie, set in the great depression of the 1930's in Jarrow. It expresses the hardships of the many, the ruthlessness of a few, and an incredible bond between family members. It shows the spirit of people, and the strength of this family, through adversity. We all need an Uncle Freddie to show us the way when we're young... even when we're not so young.

You will end this book smiling and wanting to read it again.
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