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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
A beautifully written book (just like Bedpans and Bobbysocks, another memoir by Barbara) with some characters who really come to life through a series of funny and touching episodes. Evokes the time and growing up in an "interesting" environment very well without being overly sentimental and you dont need to come from the North East to appreciate it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
Fantastic read on a par with another book she wrote "Bedpans & Bobby Socks", the story of her mother spending time nursing in America in the 1950's. I would recommend both to anyone who enjoys a giggle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2014
Such an uplifting book that leaves you with a warm heart. Written as a biography in a child's eyes, Barbara Fox has done a marvellous job with this book, and has done the town of Ashington proud. Once a major mining village where the majority of men worked down the pits, the village was changed dramatically when those pits closed, but this isn't what this book is about. Barbara describes a year in her life when she was 9/10, growing up in a large Vicarage in Ashington where her kind parents would welcome anyone and everyone into their home with open arms. No one was turned away from their home and Barbara, together with her 3 siblings, grew up with the strong family values that all people matter.

This book really is a must-read. I couldn't put it down; started it on Saturday afternoon and finished it by Sunday night. It left me feeling proud of Northumberland (my home county) and delighted that I'd read such a beautifully-written take on a very contented childhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
This certainly caused some quiet giggles from my husband! He was born in this part of the world and his comment was that it was so true to life as he remembers it! He said that I made a good choice and that lots of people would love this good read. So pleased that I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
My daughter suggested that I read this book. You will love it she said. Her husband is hoping to be ordained in a few years time and we joke that she is an apprentice vicar's wife. Many of their congregation have read the book and being that we live in Newcastle the local aspect has been very well received.
Well I followed her recommendation. I sat down with a cup of tea to indulge myself. I was only on to page three when I had to ring her very excitedly. The author's father had been the vicar who, when a curate, had instructed me in preparation for confirmation.
The book was very evocative. I knew Father Gofton when I was the age that the author is as she starts her story.
The book is well written and a lovely easy read. I defy anyone to read it without a smile on your face. My daughter was right I did love it but I am sure that would have been true even without the personal connection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2014
Great story told at first from a child. Loved it - it resonated well with a clergy wife! Thanks Pet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
A good old fashioned read. Funny, sad, brought back a lot of happy memories and very enjoyable. Life before mobile phones! Children going out to play and making own entertainment.
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on 7 April 2015
Very enjoyable read. I was brought up on Tyneside and spent 13 weeks in Washington Hospital after a mootorbike accident. In the 1950's. The patients in my ward were mainly miners and I couldn't have been among a more hilarious group of people.Their main interests are pigeon racing and leek growing and they would bet on anything. Happy times and the book brought it all back to me. Incidentally I lived in Gosforth at the time so the story was even more appropriate. A good read whether or not you are familiar with the areal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2014
Just finished the book,brought back a lot of memories for me about Ashington it on its way around the family.
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on 4 May 2015
Barbara Fox brings her early life to us in vivid storytelling and clever chAracterisation. I know Ashington very well and remember how it was at the time this book covers, and Barbara captures its sights, sounds, smells and people wonderfully well. I was sad when I reached the end and would have loved to discover more about what happened subsequently to all the characters so ably described.
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