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A Canny Story
on 18 April 2012
Wow, I really can not praise this book enough. I am originally from Newcastle and this book caught my eye as I grew up not far from the area that the stories are set. That said, this has a universal appeal beyond us Nova Castrians and the stories Samuel tells will take you through highs and lows, laughs and tears like nothing else I have ever read. It is at times hard to believe the life that the Herberts, and many others in the area, led and the dignity that he and his family managed to keep throughout is a shining example to those who sell their souls on the likes of Jeremy Kyle.
The story starts in 1913 when Samuel was just 5 and covers his journey to adulthood. It is not only a great collection of stories from that time but also a history lesson.
It is a real shame that his untimely death has robbed us of a chance to find out how the rest of his life unfolded as I would have definately pre-booked the sequal.