The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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“Here he said holding out the cash, here’s your stinkin’ money.’

“You’d better come for the kid at seven o’clock, my mother and father want to spend some time with him. You will bring him…

“He has a name you know.’

“Bring Tom to my house each weekend as my mother and father want to see him.’

“What about you?’

“I told you Susan, I didn’t want no kids.’ I will pay you for his up keep but that’s it. “Don’t expect me to play happy families.’

 Susan came running to the door and took the money then said “until’ seven o’clock then and closed the door again in his face.

“That’s forty quid in advance so don’t go squandering it.’ He shouted.’

She popped her head out of the bedroom window as he walked down the street and shouted back “if you fall behind again you will be left with Tom for good.’


When Alan returned Harry was playing on the floor with his new nephew. “Hello here’s your daddy coming said Harry sarcastically.’

“Don’t you start, I’ve had a bloody belly full of this crap.’

“I will pay you back dad, every penny.’ But don’t ask me to be a father to that kid.’ He walked away down the passage.’

Alan was sweating now so he took off his shirt and put it in the wash. He took out a tee shirt from his drawer in his room went into the bathroom and shut the door.’

It was sometime later when he came out and he went down stairs and out of the house. He walked to Vic’s house and went in as the door was open.

I thought that I was coming for you.’

“It’s a long story mate, I’ll tell you on the way; get your coat.’

Vic Armstrong put on his coat he’d seen Alan like this before and he knew someone was going to get it tonight if they said the wrong thing.’

Alan was walking fast with both hands inside his black leather coat as Vic tried to find out what had happened.

“She came and dumped the kid off at my house the fuckin’ cow.’

“My fatha gave me a hundred notes to pay her.’

“The bitch is now threatening to leave the kid if I don’t pay her.’

“What are you going to do?’

“I’ll see my day with that bitch don’t you worry.’

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