I was a fan of the Beatles in the 60s, and like Cathy in Sheila Norton's great new book, "Yesterday," Paul was my favourite too. Sheila really captures the spirit of that exciting decade, and then shows us what happened to her characters forty years on, before leading us to an upbeat ending.
In this enthralling tale, romance, family troubles, and an unsolved mystery are cleverly woven into a background of Mods and Rockers rivalry, involving violent clashes at seaside resorts. It's a story that grabs you on the first page, with well-drawn characters and the kind of brilliant dialogue fans of Sheila Norton have come to expect, plus a mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end. How that is resolved is a real surprise, just one of many surprises in what is a compelling page-turner, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really well written book.
This is a great story, fast-paced and with totally believable characters. The sixties setting feels authentic (apart from a couple of phrases I felt would not have been used back then but that's only a minor quibble) and I liked the fact that the writer hasn't tried to cram every bit of research into the story but instead has skilfully shown us how things were through the actions of the characters. I enjoyed the sixties parts so much that I felt a bit disappointed each time I was brought back to the present, and I actually think that it would be even better without those parts and written entirely from the sixties' angle. A lovely read. Can't wait to read her next.
Although I became a teenager right at the end on the 60's, I do remember the Mods and Rocker thing!! There was lots of detail about the 60's which brought back a lot of memories. I found this book really interesting and a really good easy read.
I chose to read this book because it was a story from roundabout my era in fact I was a second generation scooterist , a skinhead ,a mod . The book was brilliantly penned story , it was exciting and emotional and I was sorry to get to the end
I knew the author in her previous job, as a medical Secretary, and have read a couple of her earlier books, but saw an article about this one in our local paper this week and immediately downloaded it. I know the area in the book, so can picture some of the places. I remember the Easter weekend in 1964; my family and I were there for Easter, although I was only 9 at the time. A good read for any of us baby boomers, who no doubt remember it!
As an aside, if Sheila ever reads these reviews, she used to compile and edit a very funny and satirical newsletter at work, until bureaucracy and red tape put an end to it. A great shame!
This book not only had a great story with vivid characters, but I loved reading about the little details from the era of the sixties and how the characters interacted with them. Details such as the clothes and language but also the historical events such as the shooting of President Kennedy, Radio Caroline and the Aberfan disaster. I've found it fascinating to learn more about the Mods and Rockers whilst the love story of Cathy and Jimmy really gave an emotional point of view from that era. As a fan of Sheila's books, I think might be her best one yet.
Absolutely loved this book! As a busy mum of 2 small children I hardly get the time to read but I made sure I found the time to read this, I couldn't put it down! I went to bed early just so I could bury my head in my kindle & become lost in the mods & rockers era. Such an interesting & enjoyable read that I could just pick up & read on without back tracking a few pages or losing interest. I loved the writing style so much I've brought Shelia's other book, Ticket to ride. Well done Sheila. You've got yourself a fan!
An enjoyable read of a book by a local author about happenings in the area I know well. Unfortunately I never had a scooter but was in Great Yarmouth in 1964 when there was an invasion of the seafront. A recomended read