The Men's Room (VMC) Paperback – 3 Jun 1999
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Oakley uses her sociologist's eye with devastating effect (SUNDAY TIMES)
Fluent, candid and moving (LISTENER)
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Not only did I gain a better understanding of the industrial rise and fall in Lancashire, England but I gained a better understanding of human nature. At times it was hard to believe that I was reading a non-fiction book, for it truly felt as if I was reading a novel by Dickens where everyone was poor, pale, and starving.
It is a great service to anyone to read 'The Road to Nab End'. It allows the reader to watch a young boy grow up, into a brave man, in a world where growth and acheivement may as well have been non-existant. The life of William Woodruff is a history lesson to us all and his acheivements, something to aspire to.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this book to anybody with even a passing interest in the social sciences, but also those that like a good story. To describe it as a masterpiece is fair.
Definitely a book I will read again and again.
Thank you for sharing your life with us Mr. Woodruff
This was a remarkably moving story. It's difficult to imagine how desparately poor people were in those not too distant days.
I look forward to the next episode, which I hope will tell us if he connected with his true love in London and explain how he became a university professor in the USA.
I'd love to hear from the author.
Anacortes, WA, USA
Reading this book it becomes almost impossible to believe that the world described existed within the lifetime not just of the author but of so many others still living (including my father, born in 1921). The degree of poverty accepted, and the overwhelmingly patient response to it, are features of a world which seems so much further away than 80 years or so.
Surely it can only be a matter of time (and the shorter the better) before Woodruff's book is credited with classic status.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its many years since I read The Ragged Trousered Philantropist. Nab End is a must read.Published 7 days ago by Mick
I read both The Road To Nab End and The Road from Nab End many years ago and absolutely loved them. Such an achievement from such humble beginning in the back streets of Blackburn... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Hartley
excellent book excellent writer excellent servicePublished 5 months ago by jeanette linehamjeanettelineham
The social history of the cotton industry and the general strike was very interesting but I found parts of the book tended to drag a little.Published 5 months ago by Linda Vieth
This is a brilliant book. It is clear from others' reactions to young William that he was a very warm, intelligent and charming person. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joe Edge T
Absolutely loved this book!!! It is written matter of fact way and with lots of humour. Mr. Woodruff does not try to evoke pity for the great difficulties he encountered whilst... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynne Rewaj
I so enjoyed reading this book, and feel sad to get to the end. It gives a great insight to what life was like in the 1920's. I will read the sequel.Published 9 months ago by patty