"An invasion of Privacy" tells the story of two boys Tom Taylor and Mickey Binks growing up in the middle 1950's. Mickey is the Elvis fan Tom is into James Dean. Tom is not interested in school and plays the wag most days. Mickey and Tom are inseparable and live in the same street. they leave school and Mickey takes on various labouring jobs, Works down on the quay; then as a coalman before getting a job on the Grainger market in Newcastle selling fruit and vegetables. Tom loves cooking and has helped his gran make bread, tarts and scones. he gets a job as an apprentice Baker and confectioner for Archer's bakery. read about their exploits as the two boys grow into men. If you remember what it was like growing up in the fifties then this is definitely one for you to read.


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“I told Tom that I wasn’t trying to split them up Just make him realise that things have changed and that he has other responsibilities.’

I see where you are coming from but Mickey and Tom are like brothers they are inseparable.

“I just wish he thought the same about me as he does for Mickey.’

Maybe we should play them at their own game.’

“What do you mean?’

Well tomorrow night we are going out and Tom can look after Jeffery until we come back.’

“Where are we going?’

There’s a James bond film on at the Gourmont picture house.’

It’s called “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery and its all underwater diving I read up on it.

“Fantastic what time does it start?’

“Half past seven.’

“Right I will make a bottle up for Jeffery then leave a clean nappy out. I can have Tom’s dinner made for him coming in at six then get myself ready.’

“Right then that’s it.’

Shirley’s mood lifted and she went to the kitchen and cut two slices of tom’s chocolate fudge cake and poured out more tea.’

“It was quarter two eleven when Tom returned.’

“Hi love you alright; I beat Mickey again at snooker.’

“Alison has not long left; we are going to the pictures tomorrow night so you will have to stop in and watch Jeffery.’

“What? But I’m helping Mickey with his stuff tomorrow after work.

That’s fine, be back here for seven as that’s when we are going out. “If not I will leave Jeffery with your mother you can pick him up there.’

“What’s wrong?’

“Nothing; I just want some time to my self is that too much to ask?’

“No that’s fine; I don’t mind looking after Jeffery for a couple of hours.’

“Good; by the way it’s your turn to change him I’m going to have a bath.’

“I will get the bath from the yard then.’

Tom went out the back then pulled the galvanised bath from the wall and then carried it into the kitchen and placed it near the oven after turning on the light. He lit the oven and then filled a large pan with water and set a flame under it. He drew the curtains as

Shirley brought towels and some bath salts and tipped them into the tub ready for boiling water to be added.’

Tom waited until the water came to the boil before tipping it into the tub then added some cold water until it was deep enough for Shirley to get into.

“There you are love it’s all ready for you.’

Tom watched as Shirley stripped off and got into the tub she looked good considering it had been only six months since Jeffery was born. They had not made love though since then and expectations were high on Tom’s agenda.’

Maybe I can jump in after you said Tom.’

“Don’t get any bright idea’s Tom; I saw that look.’

“What look?’

“That lustful look you have in your eyes.’

“Well it has been a while you know.’

“You’re not coming near me until we find a safe method; not after the last time.’

“You can get the birth pill now you know.’

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