Autobiography Sidney Day London Born

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London Born

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This memoir of early-century England draws a picture of what it's like to grow up in grinding poverty and trying to make ends meet. He conjures up a world of pub brawls, horse and cart journeys, courting couples on Parliament Hill Fields, and public baths. And he goes on to tell of the World War II and his determination to survive for his wife and family—the only thing that ever counted.

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Sidney Day was born in Highgate, London, in 1912. He cannot read or write, but his granddaughter, Helen Day, captivated by the stories he would tell, decided to transcribe his words and publish his memoirs. After the war he continued to work as a builder before following his daughters to the West Country to live with his wife Mary in Yeovil. He ran a newsagent's for many years and wheeled his wares around the town's hospital until retirement. He became a fixture at local car boot sales and enjoyed searching for bargains and making a bob or two. He ran a tiny second-hand shop for a while and was noted for driving an extremely hard bargain. Sidney Day now lives with his family in Dorset.

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'The local connections of this one made it doubly enjoyable -- I live bang in Cabby's area, walk every day down his streets, and on the heath!it is terrific material for any social historian to treasure, as well as a hugely enjoyable experience for the general reader!it deserves a wide readership.' Margaret Forster 'What a life! A memoir of London in the oral tradition. Sidney Day, a true vagabond, living on his wits, dodging rozzers, turning any trick and becoming a conscientious objector during the war years in order to stay at home to look after his family. Reading "London Born" was like meeting Sidney Day in person and getting a true, first hand account of London without the history lessons. ' Hugo Hamilton, author of The Speckled People '"London Born" is such a different sort of book from what's normally published that I can't resist helping it on its way!It's a raw slice of London life served straight -- genuine, fascinating stuff for anyone who's wondered what life was really like for London's working classes.' Tracy Chevalier

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