With gritty humour, honesty and affection, Our Street paints a vivid picture of growing up in an ordinary neighbourhood in a northern town in the 1950s. If you’re old enough to remember, you’ll have a wonderful trip down memory lane, complete with cobbles, hopscotch, the rent man’s knock and penn’orths of scratchings from the chippy. And if you’re not, then prepare to be educated!
This book tells of growing up in Salford, Manchester, but the stories it contains are typical of so many places across the country, from Bolton to Birmingham to Bermondsey. Tiny terraces housed improbable numbers of people, hardworking families who displayed remarkable resilience, ingenuity, and an ability to see the funny side of things:
‘Debt, Elsie?’ a woman proclaimed to her neighbour, as she pointed to her headscarf. ‘We’re in debt up to ’ere, love. I just wish we were taller!’
The undertaker dropped my dad off in the parlour, two days after he told me he felt a bit queer. We thought something was wrong with him ’cos he didn’t bother taking his opening medicine that morning. My dad always took that. ‘Guaranteed to get a road through ya!’ he would say.
Certain to make you laugh out loud, Our Street is a record of a time and a way of life that have more or less disappeared. Social conditions have, thankfully, improved, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a bit of nostalgia for the warmth, spirit and solidarity of these communities.
• an amusing and accurate portrayal of 1950s Britain from a child’s viewpoint
• sure to bring back many memories
• a great insight for those too young to remember
• includes great cartoons reminiscent of those of the Beano and Dandy era!
• a brilliant gift for old and young alike
Author: Brian Carline
Imprint: Palatine Books
Extent: 128 pages
Format: 234mm x 156mm
Illustrations: 20 Black and White
Pub. date: 15 November, 2017