"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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Every one knew that they were new arrivals because they looked like human milk bottles whereas the ones who had been there a while were brown.  They took a walk into the shopping mall and it went on for about two miles. They weren’t far away from the beaches and it was Mickey who pointed out the topless bathers as they walked along.

They walked into the indoor market where it was cooler and stopped at a café for a cool beer which was cheaper than a soft drink. Sitting outside on the metal fold away chairs under a parasol kept them cool. Tom and Mick had three pints of San Miguel, the local beer each and a sandwich before heading back.

It was around five o’clock now but there were still people sitting around the pool.

There was a fun slide for the kids and it was still being used. The girls put on some after sun because they felt their faces and legs burning.

I think we will take a walk down to the beach tomorrow girls what do you say; fancy a bit of sun and sand?’

“Yes that would be nice; we can have our breakfast here then head down to the beach.’

“What time do they serve dinner?’

“Around 7pm I think it said on the board as we checked in.’

“Well I’m going to sit out on the balcony for a bit.’

Did you put the water we bought in the fridge to cool asked Alison.

“Aye it’s in there.’

Tom and Mickey took off their shirts and applied some sun cream before going out. The seats were so hot that they had to place a beach towel down to stop their legs from burning.

Did you see how much the cigarettes were here; I’m going to take a load back and sell them. I will make a bloody fortune said Mickey.’

“I think the girls are bringing some back for their parents.’

The beer is cheap as chips here an aal said Mickey.’

“Just under a bob a pint; hey you can’t go wrong here.’

“If you could emigrate here you could live like a bloody millionaire.’

“No wonders they call it the crooks paradise Mickey.’

I bet there’s a few of the buggars over here including a few Fagin’s as well.’

“Aye we will have to tell the girls to look out for pick pockets over here. They reckon it is rife wi em.’

“There’s a safe in the room so we will lock all our valuables away before we go out.’

Aye good idea Tom, Christ it’s still bloody hot isn’t it.’

“Diven’t complain, you don’t get nowt like this in North Shields.’

Aye, I bet it’s raining there today.’

“Better give my mother a ring said Mickey to tell her we arrived alright. You know how they worry.’

“Gan on then and tell yor ma’ to tell me mother I’m fine.’

“You had better giz a few pesetas then cos’ it eats them here.’

Tom gave him fifty pesetas an off he went to make the call.

Tom went back inside where the girls were tidying up.’

“The cleaner will do that you know.’

I’ve washed out the fridge it was filthy and the shower as well so if you’re going in before we go out make sure you clean it after will you.’

“I only bath when I have to; that’s once a year if I’m lucky Tom Joked.’

“You will be showering three times a day here I guarantee.’

“Bugger, that bar of soap isn’t going to last long then.’

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