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London Born


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/ Key title / Includes PS Section An extraordinary memoir from a man in his nineties who remembers everyday life in a North London now long gone: the hardships and deprivations of a life of poverty but also the resourcefulness and fortitude of a community determined to survive between the wars. / An extraordinarily personal and powerful oral history told by an 'ordinary' man. / Will appeal greatly to fans of nostalgic memoirs such as the 'My East End trilogy' by Gilda O'Neill and 'Silvertown' by Melanie McGrath. / Chosen as Book of the Year by three publications including the Evening Standard and the Spectator. / Competition: Silvertown, My East End.

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Sidney Day now lives with his family in Dorset. After the war he continued to work as a builder in London before following his daughters to the West Country, living in Yeovil with his wife. 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 and was noted for driving an extremely hard bargain.


'"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.' Tracey Chevalier 'What a life! A memoir of London in the oral tradition. Sydney 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 Sydney Day in person and getting a true, first hand account of London without the history lessons.' Hugo Hamilton, author of 'The Speckled People' '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

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