Alec Yeo lived to the age of 100. Only four years before his death, he wrote this account of his life, which was largely spent at West Norwood. However, the book is of interest to readers who have never heard of that part of South London.
Gently humorous and without a single unkind word, he leads us through the decades, including the loss of both of his brothers in the First World War and an interlude as a temporary police officer at Bath. To many, he was best known as a local shopkeeper but it is clear that the foundation of his life was his Christian faith, which shines through - always in a positive manner.
I did not know the author personally but an acquaintance told me that at times when he was working with young people Mr Yeo showed the patience of Job. You do not need that quality yourself to appreciate this delightful book.
A study of a life of nearly one hundred years. Lived against the trauma of two world wars, the first of which he lost two brothers and in the second lost his business in the Blitz of London. Here is a man who is able to treat life in the words of Rudyard Kipling, "If you can meet triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters just the same". Alec Yeo is that sort of man. This book gives you a glimpse of how resilient the generation of Alec Yeo's era was. In his case he was sustained by his deep faith in Christianity. An interesting and easy read.