Raised in the working-class, Irish-Catholic neighbourhood of Scottie Road in 1911, for Jim Callaghan 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! Candles, Carts and Carbolic is an excellent read.
- A warm, witty, poignant story of growing up in Liverpool
- Wonderful account of hard lives, but also about strong, funny, resourceful people, who made up satirical songs and coped with life through much Scouse wit
- Local history at its very best: a gritty, human account that is fascinating to read and essential to record
- Includes some lovely images portraying Liverpool life between the wars
Author: J. Callaghan
Dimensions: 234 x 156mm