Candles, Carts and Carbolic


A Liverpool childhood between the wars

Born in 1911, Jim Callaghan was raised in the working-class, Irish-Catholic neighbourhood of Scottie Road, where ‘We didn’t have any money problems – we had none!’


Life was tough, but children knew how to make their own entertainment: ‘Away from school, pain-racked fingers and demoniacal teachers, we lived our young lives to the full.’ He played ollies, skipped lekkies and fished in grids for lost coins, all the time at the mercy of the fearful powers around him – the police, the church, school teachers, the man in the pawn shop, and his ma! This Liverpool history is a fascinating read.

Read a review of Candles, Carts and Carbolic on Liverpool Landscapes here.

  • Author: J. Callaghan
  • ISBN: 978-1-874181-87-3
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156mm
  • Pages: 144
  • Binding: paperback


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