"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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Tom sat down and spread some margarine onto one of the bread buns he’d brought home then dipped it into the gravy and shoved it into his mouth.’

Oh that’s good isn’t it he said as he chewed and swallowed.’

“Aye your mother makes a canny rabbit stew.’

“Are you not havin’ any love asked George?’

“No I ate those two cakes that Tom brought in.’ He brought some pies for your bait tomorrow as well.

“Oh Aye, what kind?’

There’s a mince and onion and a chicken one.

“Nice; I’ll heat them up on the stove at work tomorrow.’

“You’ll be sick of pies, bread, and cakes in a month.’

“How’s that?’

“Well all the staff rarely take anything home now because they are sick of them.’

“Food is food; you keep bringing it son I will eat it.’

“During the war we had to eat anything we could lay our hands on.’

“You learn to appreciate food now.’

“Would you like some more Tom, asked his mother?’

“No mam not when I’m going dancing but keep me a bit for supper.’

“Where are you hot footing it to tonight then son?’

“There’s a dance at St Anslems; they will be playing rock and roll music.’

“I see that Elvis the pelvis is making a name for himself.’

“He’s gorgeous said Agnes; have you seen his eyes.’

They had to ban showing him moving his hips on American telly.’

Apparently all these church goers said that it was immoral for a man to dance seductively on the television; but women have been doing it for years. Even in the jungles of Africa tribeswomen dance to attract a mate.’

Well Elvis certainly can attract me with those eyes of his.’

“What about James Dean mam?’

“No,’ James Dean isn’t as good looking as Elvis.’

“Looking at his watch it was half past seven.’ A quick wash then out I think.’

Tom stripped to the waist; his lean torso and bulging biceps cut a fine figure of a man as he ran the tap and filled the stone sink.’

I think I’m going to be shaving soon Da he laughed as he lathered his face and began to wash it.

“His father laughed and said “I’ve got more hair growing on my arse than on your chin lad.’

Tom dried his face then put on his Rockabilly red striped shirt he buttoned it up then looked at himself in the mirror.’

He combed his blonde locks in the James Dean style then put on his polished winkle pickers.

He cleaned his teeth using a tin of Gibbs toothpaste that was hard and you had to wet the brush first and work it around the inside of the tin.

He spent a good five minutes brushing them until all the remnants of all the rabbit stew were gone then he stuck his head under the tap and took a drink and swilled his mouth.

Tom! Shouted his mother can’t you use a glass?’

“In a hurry mam see you later. He kissed his mother and was out the door and walking over the road to his mate Mickey Binks’ house.’

Mickey lived at number 87 and he used the heavy knocker on the front door.’

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