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Tommy's Peace: A Family Diary 1919-33 Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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"[A] wonderfully evocative sequel . . . provides a fascinating history of bygone times, preserving an era of our past for the Scots of today and tomorrow" (Daily Record)
"A remarkable record of a turbulent time" (Scottish Field)
The keenly anticipated follow-up to Tommy's War, Thomas Cairns Livingstone's experience of the Great WarSee all Product description
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He wrote purely for his own recreation with no dreams of publication nor intent to impress anyone thus giving us a true picture of life in Scotland and particularly in Glasgow at that time . Here is a remarkable incite : the cost of living , what recreations were enjoyed [ walking and reading mainly ], the advent of radio for all , the influence of cinema , standards of medicine before the NHS , the national and local politics , the responsibility expected in relation to work and family .
Throughout there shines a light of honesty and decency which made me ponder where it all went wrong .
This man of limited formal education can quote from the classics , use foreign phrases and demonstrate an admirable command of the English language . His illustrations are as good as any professional cartoonist's in execution and subtle humour .
For all the detail in these 500 plus pages , this is not a heavy tome . It is fascinating and funny with a chuckle on most pages . I was quickly caught up in Mr. Cairns' life and , cliche or not , I couldn't put it down .
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thomas Cairns Livingstone for leaving us this record .
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