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ANOTHER ROLLICKING ROADRUNNER OF A REMINISCENCE,
This review is from: The Railway Years (Paperback)With a small minority of books the reader knows exactly where he is and exactly what he may look forward in respect of their content and narrative style. So it is with books that are sequels to what has gone before, such as Claudius the God, sequel to Robert Graves' I Claudius, or Alfie Darling, with which the late, great Bill Naughton, followed his best-seller Alfie, or the double-treat of Stan Barstow's A Kind of Loving developing into a trilogy with The Watchers on the Shore and The Right True End.
Then there are an even smaller number of books that are prequels to the original work - Kate's Story by Billy Hopkins, for example, the storyline of which predates the storyline of Our Kid.
And in a sense The Railway Years by Laurie Driver belongs to both these categories.
Laurie Driver, who first burst upon the literary scene a couple of years back with his road transport rib-tickler This Truckin' Life now prequels that rollicking roadrunner of a reminiscence about his career as a UK-based trucker with a similarly hilarious account of his working-days - concentrating this time around on his early days working out of British Rail goods yards in the Manchester area.
Make no mistake about it, if Laurie Driver's best-seller This Truckin' Life had you laughing your particulars off, The Railway Years will find you hanging out your thermals to dry now that British summertime has arrived at long last - and wondering, too, whether Laurie Driver perhaps anticipates (hopefully) developing his road train of articulated narrative into a landmark literary trilogy about UK trunk road transport from the late-1950s on.