"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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Torrent and other impressionistic artists. It had taken them almost six hours to walk around all the exhibits.

They came outside and sat on the grass nearby they placed a towel down and sat on it then Shirley took out the food that she had brought. She managed to get some fresh fruit cakes with cream.’ I’m going to get the recipe for these and when I open my own bakery I’m going to make cakes like these and sell them back home.’

“You have big ideas Tom.’

“I will make it happen you’ll see.’ I only have another year to do to become a fully qualified baker and confectioner. Once I have that then I will go it alone.’

“You cannot run a bakery and shop by yourself.’

“I know that; I will employ someone to sell from the front and have someone helping in the back. I will set on an apprentice, someone willing to learn a trade.

They will start at the bottom just like I did and I will teach him as he is going along.’

I will keep the sandwich business going because they are excellent sellers and I can make a lot of profit from them.

“It will take you a while to establish yourself won’t it?’

“Not really, I already sell to most of the bars and clubs so al I have to do is drop them off at the pubs they will pay me then they will sell them on for a small profit.’

You cannot go wrong with food; people have to eat so as long as you cater to what people like it is money in the bank.’

“My dad said that he would help you didn’t he?’

“Yes he did and I will pay him back once the shop takes off.’

“I mean if we were to get married dad wouldn’t ask for the money back.’

“Christ Shirley I’m only seventeen.’

“You will be eighteen next year.’

“Still too young Shirley; look I’m not saying that I’m not going to marry you but if I cannot support you then we have no future together.’ I want to get the shop off the ground next August then when I’m twenty the time will be right to get wed.’

That’s three years away Tom.’

“Don’t be in a rush to get married love; you heard Mickey going on at Alison; I don’t want that for us. We will do this properly or not at all.’

“When are we going to get engaged then?’

“Do we really need to; I mean we both love each other don’t we.’

“It’s my friends at work really Tom they keep asking me; you know what they are like.’ “Where’s your ring; is he just stringing you along; how long is it been now and you’re still not engaged. I get that every day at work.’

“Just ignore them Shirley; they are only jealous because they haven’t got a man.’

“Do you think so; they said that you were taking me on holiday to propose to me and that I would have a ring on my finger when I got back?’

“Tell them to mind their own.’ Come on let’s get packed away and we can walk down to the beach from here.’

If it was only twenty minutes to get here by car then it cannot be that far to walk back.

Shirley picked up all the things and placed them back into the bag. Then they set off towards the coast.


George went to work that morning feeling pretty bad; he explained to his boss what he had to do and he gave him time off in which to make all the arrangements.

He went to the Coroner’s office first and gave the registrar the death certificate and then Sarah’s birth certificate. Once that was done he went to the phone and rang the adoption agency in Gosforth and made an appointment to see someone regarding the 

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