"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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“That lot didn’t just come out of him did it?’

“Oh yes it did, get used to it as babies poop about twice every four hours.’

“Here pass me the bag over would you.’

Alison watched as Shirley expertly cleaned her son then creamed his bottom.

“He’s going to be a big boy looking at the size of him said Alison laughing.’

“He takes after his father.’

“When the nappy pin was put in Alison cringed thinking how she hadn’t pronged her son.

When they returned Alison turned to Mickey and said you can forget a large family kidda; I’m having just the one shit machine in my house.’

“But Alison you said.’

“Never mind what I said I’m telling you.’

Shirley placed the soiled nappy in a bucket after washing it out in the sink.’

She plugged in the Hotpoint twin tub and then emptied the nappies ready to be washed into it. “See Alison it’s a never ending conveyor belt of soiled nappies ready to be washed then hung out to dry.’

“I would buy yourself at least three dozen; as you will need them; especially if you cannot get them dry.’

Shirley opened the window to let out the steam then sat down again. How many times do you wash then Shirley?’

Nappies or all the washing?’


 “The washing machine is going that much I think it’s going to launch it’s self into outer space.’

“Right Mickey you can get me a washer because I’m not going to be possing dirty nappies all day long.’

I will see Staggie and see if we can pick up a good second hand one.

I want a new one thank you very much, there’ll be no second hand rubbish coming in my house.’ anyway get your coat on we are going to my mothers.’

“Thanks for having us Shirley.’

Alison put her coat on and was down the passage like a shot; Mickey thanked Both Shirley and Tom before leaving.

See you at eight tonight mate said Tom.’

“We could go to the YMCA tonight for a couple of games of snooker if you fancy it.’

“Aye that sounds good.’

Tom closed the door after they had gone and went to the kitchen and started the dishes.’

“I think Alison has had her eyes opened said Tom.’

“Aye,’ marriage is no bed of roses is it?’

“We are going to my mothers today for dinner you know said Tom.’

“What time is she expecting us?’

“She said three o’clock.’

“Your not going out again are you Tom?’

Aye, I told me fatha I would meet him in King Street Club at twelve and its gone ten to now.’

“I will see you around at my mothers then alright.’

“Don’t have too much to drink will you.’

“I only have a couple with my dad; he cannot take his drink now that he’s getting on a bit.’

“I know your couple; that means six or seven.’

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