The New Tynesiders - Little Town - Book 2

"The New Tynesiders" follows the story of Akan Badoe; a Ghanaian immigrant who comes to settle in the North East along with many other ethnic groups. His struggle for acceptance in a racially bigoted Britain are documented. The story also follows young Jimmy Connors Hepple the boy from the "Little Town" story who is adopted by an eminent surgeon and his wife after a tragic accident where both his parents are killed in a gas explosion.
Jimmy meets Sydney a young black boy and they become friends. Jimmy the adventurer wants to work in the Arctic like his hero Sir Robert Falcon Scott. Sydney a doctor. The story takes you on a journey through the boys childhood into adulthood where colour, creed,or religion have no boundaries. The New Tynesiders will take you back from 1948- 1966.


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“Then I will give you some to take home Eliza I’m sure your father and mother will like it.”

Just then the door opened and Michael came in from work.

“Sorry I’m late for dinner; we got an emergency just as I was leaving.”

“Hello Eliza Pat rang me to tell me you were coming.”

“Why mother you little dark horse; I have been set up by you haven’t I?

“I wanted it to be a surprise for you dear.”

“It certainly was that said Jimmy.”

Michael washed his hands then poured everyone more wine except his son who he knew didn’t drink wine.

Pat put his salad out for him and then cleared Eliza and Jimmy’s plate

“Will you be having chicken son.”

“Do you mind if I skip the chicken as I’m saving myself for your trifle.”

“You haven’t eaten all day though son; you must be hungry are you not?

I told you mam; I go all day with a plate of beans on toast or some Spaghetti Bolognese.

Pat took out two glass bowls and filled them with some trifle and gave them each a desert spoon.

“Now Eliza there is plenty more; so don’t be shy.

“Jimmy got stuck in and he finished it in a matter of seconds.”

“Eliza took her time but still could not finish the bowl she gently patted her mouth with the napkin. Then thanked Pat for a wonderful meal.”

Why don’t you take Eliza to your room where you can have a catch up whilst your father and I finish dinner.

“Good idea mam; Eliza after you.”

Eliza walked with the grace of a Thompson’s Gazelle as she made her way up stairs.

“First room on your right said Jimmy as Eliza got to the top of the banister rail then turned right and open the bedroom door.

You keep your room so tidy she said as she sat on the edge of the bed.

“You have a lot of books; have you read them all?

“Yes; some more than once.”

I read about you and Sydney in the news papers; I couldn’t believe you actually killed a 400 pound black bear.

“Is that one of its claws?

“Yes my granddad had it made for me; I never take it off.”

“Not even for bed or in the bath?

“Nope, never.”

“So tell me Eliza; do you plan to stay at Sanderson’s with my mother?

I don’t know; it depends on whether or not I qualify.

“What are your plans then?

I’m going out to the Arctic next month to do some research with the penguins.”

“Forever the explorer Jimmy Connors?

“Hepple ; Jimmy Connor’s Hepple I kept my fathers name after my parents…

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