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Tommy's Peace: A Family Diary 1919-33 [Kindle Edition]

Tommy Cairns Livingstone
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Thomas Cairns Livingstone began to note his day-to-day experiences in 1913 and continued faithfully for the next 20 years. With each witty and well-observed entry, he recorded events at home and abroad through times of war and peace, joy and sadness.

In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tommy's War, the focus is on the post-war years. Alongside engaging, warm-hearted recollections of everyday life with his wide circle of family, neighbours and friends, Thomas documents everything from the lingering effects of the war and post-war politics to cultural and social aspects of the era, including the rise of cinema and radio, the standard of dentists and opticians before the NHS, the partition of Ireland, the General Strike, the division of domestic labour, Clyde coastal holidays and the expansion of Glasgow. Yet, above all, Thomas affectionately chronicles family life with his hard-working wife, Agnes, and writes with pride of his clever young son, Tommy.

Illustrated throughout with black-and-white sketches from Thomas' original diaries and various other artefacts from the period, Tommy's Peace is a tremendous document of a bygone era that vividly evokes family life in Glasgow between the wars.

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"[A] wonderfully evocative sequel . . . provides a fascinating history of bygone times, preserving an era of our past for the Scots of today and tomorrow" (Daily Record)

"A remarkable record of a turbulent time" (Scottish Field)

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The follow-up to Tommy’s War, Thomas Cairns Livingstone's bestselling experience of the Great War

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4842 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060MGII0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #624,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NATIONAL TREASURE 14 Mar. 2011
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As with Tommy's War [ see my report ] this is a national treasure . Better than any history book the daily recording of an ordinary working man's life . From the end of the Great War up to 1933 we follow the life of the diarist ,Thomas Cairns Livingstone day by day and year by year . We share his excitement on annual holidays , his great concern for the health of his wife , his immense pride in the achievements of his son Tommy and his pleasure in family life .
He wrote purely for his own recreation with no dreams of publication nor intent to impress anyone thus giving us a true picture of life in Scotland and particularly in Glasgow at that time . Here is a remarkable incite : the cost of living , what recreations were enjoyed [ walking and reading mainly ], the advent of radio for all , the influence of cinema , standards of medicine before the NHS , the national and local politics , the responsibility expected in relation to work and family .
Throughout there shines a light of honesty and decency which made me ponder where it all went wrong .
This man of limited formal education can quote from the classics , use foreign phrases and demonstrate an admirable command of the English language . His illustrations are as good as any professional cartoonist's in execution and subtle humour .
For all the detail in these 500 plus pages , this is not a heavy tome . It is fascinating and funny with a chuckle on most pages . I was quickly caught up in Mr. Cairns' life and , cliche or not , I couldn't put it down .
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thomas Cairns Livingstone for leaving us this record .
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous fabulous, simple and heartwarming 6 Feb. 2011
By mogs
This simple heartwarming book comprising of the Diaries of this family man between the wars is so wonderful you never want it to end. I picked this up whenever I had a moment and totally lived the times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy's Peace 10 May 2011
After reading Tommy's War I had to get this book which is the diary of Tomas Livingstone in the years following WW1. An ordinary Scot who kept a diary through his life, he talks about catching the mice, going for long walks with wife Agnes and son Tommy Jnr. Its everyday life for him but as his time was nearly 100 years ago for us it is a glimpse back in time and I really feel like part of his family. Thomas illustrated his diary with witty sketches bringing the whole thing to life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comments 10 Nov. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading Tommy's peace plus his quirky illustrations. However, i felt, that , nearer the end of the diary I did find it a bit repetitious. It occurred to me that Tommy himself was running out of enthusiasm for the task. Nevertheless, it was a true picture of social history of the years post the First World War.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really doesn't work 20 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Tommy's War in book form and loved it.
This kindle version doesn't work because you lose the intimacy of the cartoons and the difficulties of accessing the footnotes in an efficient and satisfactory manner.
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