- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1627 KB
- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publisher: Davies; 2 edition (23 July 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YDXJO4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Birmingham Girls is part memoir, part social history, part local history and part family history. It begins with the author deciding to research her family history. As she traces her ancestors and finds out about them, this in turn jogs memories of her childhood, the places she lived and the people she knew.
The book is written mostly in chronological order but sometimes drifts into other times and places. It is arranged in short sections, some predominantly about people and others about events or places. It is like looking through a box of old photographs, some are complete in themselves while others trigger associated memories. It's a book that's easy to dip into and read a couple of pages at a time, yet equally it becomes more compelling as the reader is drawn into Carol's life.
As an author myself, I find myself looking critically and wondering how this book would be handled if it were published by the mainstream press rather than as an independent. And while it would be tempting to neaten up a sentence here and there or arrange things in a different order, I have to say that I'm very glad that the commercial publishers haven't got their hands on it. Because, as it is, it is full of integrity, of little nuances and asides. It drifts like the mind does. It is the author speaking, telling her story in her own words. To interfere with that would be like the old-fashioned idea of insisting all actors and TV presenters speak in the same way.Read more ›
Although it does have a habit of chopping and changing scenes, I was drawn in, and I decided it didn't matter. This isn't a novel - although it would make a good plot for a novel - it is a memoir, a collection of memories. Memories are a mish-mash of pictures of our past lives, things we're aware of at the time, but later when you try to piece them together it's hard to make full sense of them. Try as we might, sometimes the best we can do is to remember bits of things. The author has done well to collect her memories, some painful ones at that, and sort them into chronological order, giving the reader an image of her life. Yes, very often the author goes off on a tangent, telling us about one event, then saying something like, 'that reminds me of the time...' This is something we often do in normal conversation, and it is like the author is having a chat with the reader over a cup of coffee. It makes the memories come to life in that sense.
I've never been to the UK but reading her books makes me want to visit, just to see the wonderfully described locations!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant read ,found it hard to put it down ,really enjoyed itPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this quite interesting although it is a little disjointed in the way it has been written, making it hard to follow at times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hazelnut
A quick and interesting memoir of two sisters growing up in Birmingham in the 1950s but includes their later life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lanky Lady
Enjoyed reading about the life of two brummie girls throughout their lives and the changes . I think it's well written and worth a read .Published 10 months ago by mouse
interest history of the area wrapped around the story of the girls livesPublished 10 months ago by bev