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A Northern Life Paperback – 19 Dec 2013
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Born in 1960 to an English mother and Barbadian father, the author spent her early childhood growing up in the Manchester suburbs of Moston and Collyhurst. After living for 3 years in Barbados as a teenager, she returned to her hometown where she has lived ever since. A variety of jobs from sales assistant to cleaning company area manager have helped pay the bills but she has always desired to be a 'proper' writer. She currently resides in North Manchester and is a proud Mum of three and Nana to three beautiful grandchildren.
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It reminded me so much of my own childhood in Moston and made me think of all the funny things my mam said and the things my siblings did when we were growing up. Manchester humour is so different from anywhere else on this earth and I have to agree with the writer, Mancunians are a breed who are born proud and know what they want out of life, they get on with it without moaning and there wasn't a hint of moaning in the book other than the mam moaning at her naughty and unruly daughter. Really felt sorry for Lesley being the eldest, my sister carried a lot of responsibility that she shouldn't have and after all wasn't able to understand but hey this was 1960's Manchester and that was just a matter of life. It was full of humour and Manchester wit. We spent hours playing in Queens Park, Boggart Hole Clough and Heaton Park and we even got thrown out of the museum in Queens Park when my mum insisted on opening every stick of furniture in there so that she could have a nosy inside?
I even remember my mum asking her four girls did we have our knickers on when she was taking us out. I laughed out loud when I read this; my southern neighbours must think I'm crazy.
Really good read and would recommend it to anyone looking for something to pick up and get stuck into.
Ruby Lord.No Blacks No Dogs No Irish
Follow `r kid, her five sisters and one and only brother "The Chosen One", growing up in working class 1960s and 70s Moston and Collyhurst. Riding the CIS lift and visiting her Dad "at his office". The days when playing with her Nana's button tin was entertainment enough, a far cry from the I want, I want of today.
You can feel the love on every page that the family has as the author tells us of her Mam Joyce, her Dad "who is not from round these parts" Callie, her Nana Flo and Grandad Rob whose favourite subject is "the war".
This book is well worth its price and I for one cannot wait for her next book.
Absolutely loved it!! Hope there is a follow up!!?
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