"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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I will pop in and see you tomorrow evening George and run you through how to keep books for the auditor. Its simple George, you won’t have a problem with it.’

Agnes was crying with joy as she looked on her husband with pride. “My man is going to be a shop owner not just a carpenter.’

“You do not know what this all means to us Elizabeth; thank you so much.’

I’m glad that I have been able to help you both. My mother will be looking down and smiling to herself now.’

“Indeed she will, replied Agnes.’

Both the boys thanked Agnes before they all left.’

I hope that you will all come again said Agnes.’

“We will be here for the grand opening of the shop.’

That is good you will come to dinner after I hope.’

“That would be nice.’

“Can we come too asked Peter and John?’

“Of course you can said Agnes.’

“Oh thank you Mrs Taylor.’

“Please, call me Agnes.’

Peter started the engine of his black Austin 1800 then they waved as it pulled away

from the cobbled street.

George put his arm around his wife as they turned and went into the house.’

“I can’t believe it Agnes this time next week I’m going to own my own shop.’

“I’m so excited my chest is fit to burst.’

“Keep calm love, it is going to be a lot of hard work to get this off the ground you know.’

“You will do it George; have faith in the Lord our God.’ “I will say and extra prayer for both of us tonight.’

Agnes cleared the table then washed up and George helped to dry the plates and put them away before they sat listening to the radio.

“I wonder what Tom will say when he gets back?’

“You may be able to help him get a shop too now you have money George.’

“It takes more than money to run a shop lass.’

“I know,’ but Tom is ambitious just like you.’

“Yes he’s more ambitious than I was at his age.’

He will be a time served baker and confectioner this time next year.’

“Hard to believe isn’t it; our son making his own way in the world.’

I would like to give him a good start in life but I want him to work hard Agnes, if he gets things too easy then he will never succeed.’

If you both have a shop we would be the talk of Shields.’

People would look up to us.’

“Aye and a few would be down right jealous an aal so keep this under your hat love until we get established.’

“I won’t say nowt t’ no one George; not even the neighbours.’

“Best not to just in case.’


The final night at the complex was the best of all as they joined in with all the party games and danced the night away. Both Gunter and Remy and Sergio Rodriquez   were well served as the night came to a close. They all ended up on the balcony and had a few more drinks. It was well after three a.m. when they all got to bed and they had to be out of their room by twelve.

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