"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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“Hi Shirley how’s that bonny bairn of yours. Is he keeping you awake at night then she packed the pies into a brown bag and then used a pair of tongs to lift out the cakes. Have you got half an hour Shirley I could murder a cup of coffee and there’s a nice coffee shop over the road.’

“Alright I will leave your stuff here and you can collect it on the way back.’

Liz put on her coat then told Nancy that she wouldn’t be long and that she was going for a cup of coffee over the road.

Shirley pushed the pram and then placed it near the window and put on the brake

Liz went inside and ordered two coffees.

She brought them over with sugar and a spoon.

“So what have you been doing with Tom; he’s not his usual chirpy self. He looks like he’s lost a tenner and found a pound.’

It’s me I guess; I’m just tired Liz with the baby and all.’

“Tell me about it I have two five year old twin boys.’ I never thought I would enjoy life again after they were born. It takes a long time to get back on track in the bedroom if you know what I mean.’

Yes; I see it’s not that I don’t want to Liz, I do, but I’m scared that I will end up pregnant again.’

Look I’m off tomorrow so make an appointment with your doctor after we’ve had coffee I’m sure he will see you and I will go with you. There is no need to be worried Shirley, I have been on the pill for the last four and a half years; it’s great not having to rely on other forms of contraception and you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant either.’

“Do you still have your monthly period?’

“Yes but you carry on taking the pill.’

“Thank you so much Liz I feel a whole lot better now.’

 “You will feel better again once you are on the pill.’

“I bet you there are three quarters of the women in North Shields on it.’

“Never, can you have relations straight away?’

“No, you must wait for a week until the pill gets into your system but after that you can have as much fun as you like.’

“Shirley laughed out loud then put her hand to her mouth embarrassingly.’

There’s a phone box over there go on give your doctor a ring; I will push the pram over to the bakery.’

Liz finished her coffee then went outside with Shirley who walked to the phone box on the corner of the street.

Liz released the break on the pram and pushed it over the road and placed it near the window and went inside.’

“What was that all about said Nancy?

“Never you mind; just get on with your work.’

Liz went inside then got Tom’s attention and stuck up her thumb.

Tom smiled and gave her a wink of approval; immediately his mood changed and he began to whistle a tune.

When Shirley returned she told Liz that she had an appointment at ten o’clock the next morning.’

Liz smiled and said she would be waiting outside for her.’

At five o’clock on the dot Tom raced out of the bakery he left Liz to lock up.’

He drove his van to Mickey’s mother’s house and went around the back and outside was the barrow.’

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