"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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“But it’s cold over there; there’s no coal.’

“I will loan you a bucket of coal. Roll some old news paper up and add a few sticks piled up and light them then use your tongs and add the coal gradually as the sticks burn and you will have a fire in no time. Shirley passed Alison the coal bucket and ushered her out.’

Shirley breathed a sigh of relief when she had gone.’

She turned on the twin tub and set about the washing that should have been done two hours before. Shirley put the load into the washer and set it away then went out the back and brought in the vegetable and fruit from the pram and began to prepare the dinner for her husband coming in. She felt sorry for Mickey knowing once he was married Alison would be doing virtually nothing. “The poor lad wants kids as well and Alison clearly isn’t ready for kids or for marriage either. Shirley thought she just looking for an escape from her home life which wasn’t too good.’

Her parents weren’t very good role models as they argued constantly; not that she could say anything because her own parents had parted company.

She chopped up the carrots and potatoes and an onion; she browned some chicken then added it to the pot placed some stock cubes into the pot then lit the gas. She would add some suet dumplings later. Once dinner was prepared she peeled some Bramley apples and added some sugar and softened them in the pan then made some short crust pastry to make an apple pie for afters.’

Tom liked his puddings’ she would make custard later.’

Jeffery woke again and she made up another bottle before feeding him.

After which she read to him a book of fairytales by the brothers Grim.’

Jeffery was alert and listened to his mothers soothing voice. Once the wash and rinse cycle was over she went out in the back yard leaving Jeffery on his back upon the sheepskin rug. She left the back door open then went out and hung the washing on the line.’ When she returned Jeffery was playing happily and trying to roll himself over.

“We are going to have to watch you Jeffery she said it won’t be long before you’re crawling about.’ There was another knock on the door and Shirley thought it was Alison back again but it was the postman with a parcel. It was addressed to Tom. Shirley was curious to know what it was. She set it down on the kitchen table.’

 She had to wait another two hours before Tom came in.

When he did Tom went in to see his son then came out of the living room and entered the kitchen. The back door was open and he went out to see where Shirley was. Shirley was gathering the nappies from the line.

“Hi full of busy?’

“I’ve never stopped; Alison came at lunch time and plonked herself down then wasn’t going to leave because there was no fire on in her house. I had to loan her a bucket of coal to get rid of her Tom this getting ridiculous.’

I hope she isn’t thinking of calling in here everyday; I have work to do. Tom took the clothes basket from his wife then walked into the house.

“I tell you now I think Mickey is making one hell of a mistake if he marries Alison after what she told me today I don’t think she is going to go through with it.’

But she loves Mickey right?’

 I think she thinks she’s in love but deep down Mickey is her way out of a bad situation at home.

“You need to talk to him Tom.’

“And say what that his bride to be is a wrongun’

“Not in those words no but after what she said I doubt whether or not Mickey would marry her. She isn’t going to keep house or cook his meals for one and she thinks 

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