"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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“Not much knowing Mickey; Its hard to believe we will be leaving here tomorrow already.’

“We will have to make the most of our last night then eh.’

The others were all talking away amongst themselves; the two Germans Gunter and Remy were taking notes and marking down the dive sites on the map they had as the boat edged its way towards the shore.’ The sea was relatively calm with just the odd wave. They saw other boats making their way to shore you could hear the sound of the radio as they formed a neat line; something that they must have done hundreds of times.

The only thing that they had on board to drink was water or beer. The two Germans wasted no time in opening the bottles and handed them out. Tom and Shirley took one each and ate a sandwich that she had made then offered one to Pat Devlin, the American who took one and thanked her new friend. Shirley asked her to come and join them later in the hotel which she agreed and the Germans over heard and they invited themselves and before they knew it the whole lot of them were coming.

Tom looked at Shirley then said I hope the entertainment is good tonight.’

“A few beers down them and it won’t make any difference replied Shirley.

They were about two miles from the shore now and they could see a large ferry coming in behind them at a great rate of knots the wake from the ferry was all apparent as it passed them. The sheer size of it dwarfed the little vessel the passengers on board gave them all a wave as it passed them and the boat rolled with the swell.

It was another half hour before they finally docked and Tom and Shirley made there way back towards the hotel. Shirley told the others that they would keep them all a seat and that they would see them at seven o’clock.


Alison and Mickey were still by the poolside when Tom and Shirley arrived.’

“Had a good dive then asked Mickey?’

“Yes it was great replied Tom.’

“Did you see any sharks down there?’

 “Yes we saw a couple but they didn’t bother us did they Shirley.’

“No, we just left them alone and they swam off.’

“Were they big like?’

“No; only about eight feet long.’

“Eight feet, that’s big enough for me mate; I would have been crapping myself.’

That’s small according to the skipper of the boat we were on. He has seen some sharks up to thirty feet long.

Don’t tell me they are harmless as well.’

“Sharks don’t always attack you said Shirley, they are mostly just curious.’

Don’t forget we are in their territory and like all animals they protect it.’

“You still wouldn’t get me down there.’

“We are going up for a shower and to get changed. Some friends who were on the boat are coming along tonight to join us.’

“Great,’ we will have a party seeing it’s our last night said Alison.’

“I’m up for that.’

Tom and Shirley made their way to the foyer before heading up the stairs to their apartment. Shirley unpacked the bag that she was carrying and washed out the Tupperware boxes. Tom headed for the shower.’


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