- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1337 KB
- Print Length: 438 pages
- Publisher: Sydney Carr (13 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BZZKMWU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Fourth Lad: Bumps, bruises, laughs and sighs, my journey from Geordie Kid via Pit Lad to Soldier. Kindle Edition
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Syd grew up in the tough streets of Ashington, in Northumberland, and his young life was a daily battle in very tough and often cruel times, both within the walls of his Pont Street home and beyond. Nonetheless, I found myself laughing out loud at the many anecdotes he writes so well about. Many of these tales are hilarious!
Having seen the sad demise of pit communities, it's also going to be a lasting record of those very tough times, of the humour, the daily punishing graft in conditions that were always bad, and often dangerous. We may never see such communities again, comprised of individuals, families and communities that bonded together to mine the coal that kept the nation going.
Syd epitomises the spirit of the best of these 'pit lads,' and you will read about his indefatigable spirit from home to school to pit to Army life; how he remained upbeat when up against it, how he had the strength and spirit to get back up one more time than life knocked him down, and how he always maintained a ready sense of humour along with a kind and compassionate nature, when he has had to go through so many trials and tribulations.
Whether you come from Ashington - or the North East, whether you are or were a miner, or a squaddie - or whether you just want to enjoy a fantastic book, this is a truly great story, and I would recommend that you read it.
The book flows well, and grabs you from the first pages. You need to know what happens next to the lad, and will find yourself laughing out loud, then hardly believing how thoughtless and cruel a mother could be, and how devious and manipulative Syd's father was. Taking us through his childhood and school days, early work experience in the mining industry, and his eventual escape into the army with ups and downs in service life, you'll find it difficult to put down and when you get to the epilogue, you'll marvel at what this man has achieved despite what his early life threw at him. The characters and descriptions are superb, both of his family life and the wider social scene at the time.
This book is a cracking good read which I would recommend to anyone and you'll be left wanting more. Roll on the follow up which I'll be one of the first in line to buy.
There are moments that make you cringe and others that make you feel his pain, but by far my favourites are the skiing!!!! I was cracking up with laughter as I pictured the sciences, still makes me laugh thinking about it. Then there's the heart in my mouth moments with his 'little blue eyed girl'.....no spoilers here, just real ad it and enjoy x
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