"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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Listening to her Tom could see the passion that she held and he was captivated by her stories

It was just after quarter past ten when Alison and Mickey came down from upstairs. Mickey had a big grin on his face as he told Tom to get himself upstairs.’

“No you are alright; we are not going up are we Shirley.’

“Shirley looked at Tom with admiration when he had said that; she respected him more for saying it.’

Mickey looked at him as if he was daft but said nothing. They left at eleven o’clock before the Bainbridge’s returned. Walking home Mickey was slagging Tom off for not taking Shirley upstairs.

“I told you she’s not sixteen yet until next month.’

“Well I would have done her.’

“I’m not like you Mickey; I have morals.

“Morals be buggered; I never heard you talkin’ aboot morals the other neet when you was shaftin’ that French bird.’

“That was different.’

“What are you talkin’ aboot different; they are all the same with the light oot man?’

“I like her Mick, she’s decent.’

Whey, I like Alison an aal but I still shagged hor the neet.’

Yes, but Alison is sixteen Mickey not fifteen.’

“Alreet divent gan on aboot it will yer.’

 “Look I asked Shirley if they would be interested in coming to Spain with us next year. She said that the Bainbridge’s asked her if she wanted to come with them last year but her father wouldn’t let her although he allowed her to go to France with the school.’

“Do you reckon he will allow her to go with Alison next year like?’

“I don’t know she is going to ask him on her sixteenth birthday.’

“I know Alison wouldn’t have a problem going.’

“She’s already said she would gan wi me.’

“Why is life so complicated Mickey.’

“Put yourself in hor fatha’s shoes; would yee let your sixteen year old daughter gan off on holiday.’

“Yes, if I thought she was responsible and not some silly kid who couldn’t look after herself.’

“Well there you gan then, maybe hor fatha’ will see sense and let hor gan wi Alison this time. Look mate diven’t beat yorsel up over it.’

“There’ll be plenty of birds over there for you to sleep with.’

“It’s not all about shagging women you know Mickey.’

“What? Well it’s why I’m gannin’ mate I can tell you that.’

“What if Alison goes with you?’

“Well I will have some fun with her but there will still be others.’

“You are just stringing her along Mickey; why not just end it then you can go off and shag who you like.’

“Never thought of that.’

“Look we will just go on our own then it will not complicate matters.’

What about Shirley?’

“What about her, we will see each other when we get back.’

“Now you’re thinking right; I mean Christ you are not even sixteen yersel yet; why get tied doon t’one bird. You’ve got loads of wild oats to sow yet.’

“Well we had better get these panniers made sharpish then mate.’

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