"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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“Yes my love what can I get you?’

“Can I have a pound of green grapes please and some of your nice oranges and apples.’

I’m gannin’t see me sister; she not well; she’s in Preston hospital.’

The old woman had a shopping trolley on wheels and Mickey placed the apples and oranges in for her.’

“What else you want hinny said Mickey. We have a special on with all our vegetables today.’

“Go on then give me five pound of tetties, a cabbage, cauli,’ and some carrots.’

“Our onions are only thrupence a pound.’

“Go on then give me a pound of them an aal.’

“That it then hinny?’

Aye, if I need owt else I will come back at the weekend.’

That’ll be four shillin’ and sixpence pence then love and I’ve packed your free carrots for yer an aal.’

 “Thanks very much sonna.’

 “Tell your sister I hope she gets well soon from me will yer.’

“I will; I’ve got t gan an get a bottle of Lucazade from Woolies see you later. Bye Mrs Harris.’

The old lady waved as she went through the swing doors of Woolworths.’

Christine was serving another customer when he spotted Shirley going up the street with the pram.

He waved but she didn’t see him.’

He carried on calling out the prices of the goods in the hope of tempting more trade but it was Thursday and it was always slow until lunch time.’



As promised Liz Hopkins was waiting for Shirley outside of the doctor’s surgery on Railway Terrace.

“Thanks for meeting me said Shirley.’

“It’s nothing; go on get yourself in I will look after Jeffery for you.’

Shirley went to the reception desk where Kathleen Patterson was on the reception.’

Hello, I’m Mrs Shirley Taylor I have an appointment to see Dr Gofton at 9am.’

“Take a seat Mrs Taylor; Dr Gofton is running a little late this morning.’

Liz had pushed the pram inside and sat with Shirley talking quietly reassuring her that everything would be fine but Shirley’s heart was beating like the clapper’s and as the time went on she became more and more anxious. She was on the verge of leaving the surgery when her name was called. Liz told her not to be afraid as she went into the doctor’s room and closed the door.’

“Good morning Mrs Taylor said the white haired doctor with half moon spectacles and white coat. The doctor’s stethoscope lay on his desk along with a blood pressure monitor. There was a bench nearby and a screen and a small wash basin in the corner.

“Morning said Shirley nervously.’

“There’s no need to be afraid Mrs Taylor said the doctor sensing her nervousness.’ Now what can I help you with he said with a reassuring voice.’

“Well I’ve come about my husband and I really doctor. “ You see since Jeffery was born over six months ago we haven’t got together I you know what I mean.’

“Yes perfectly Mrs Taylor.

“I sense you concern; so you are looking for some oral contraception is that it?’

“Yes doctor, I am.’

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