"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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“Yes that’s true; all worth it though Tom my two young ladies love me to bits.’

“I think I would like a girl next time.’

“LAST ORDERS AT THE BAR.’ shouted Sandra and Peter bought a round of whiskeys in.’

They drank them down then headed out of the club down George Street and onto Stephenson Street, walking past Northumberland Square where George stroked the Wooden Doll statue then carried on his way.’

They went down Nile Street and onto Saville Street before turning left.’

Home again said George as he went up the passage to find Agnes and Elizabeth putting out the plates and cutlery.’

Pass me the carving knife and the sharpening pole Agnes. The large joint of beef stood proudly on the wooden board waiting to be sliced.’

Agnes took out the Yorkshire puddings and place one on each plate.

George retuned from the back yard and washed and dried the now honed knife.

He cut generous slices off the meat and set it on each plate then Agnes placed the vegetables into serving bowls that could be handed around the table.

Freshly cut mint sauce in vinegar could be smelled as it was placed on the table. Some dill was added to the mashed potato. The roasters were perfectly brown and crisp on the outside and soft potato on the inside.

Everyone sat down as George said grace as he always did. “Thank you oh Lord for this generous bounty Amen.’

“Amen they all replied then the bowls were passed around until everyone had some of everything.

The left over vegetables would be fried up for George and Agnes’ tea tomorrow.’

More gravy anyone asked Tom as he poured some from the gravy boat.’

“Yes please said Elizabeth and the boat was quickly passed down the table, Shirley hoped that Jeffery wouldn’t wake up before she had finished her dinner.’

“Was there many in the club today George asked Elizabeth?’

“Just the usual Elizabeth; it is always packed on a Sunday though.’ I guess the wives chase the men out so they can get on and cook the dinner.’

“There was three of us in the kitchen today said Agnes.’

You will have to come to my house next Sunday we have all the family coming.’

“That would be nice said Agnes.’ It would be nice to see the children again.’

“You must come too said Elizabeth to Shirley.’

“Thank you said Shirley; we cannot promise as we a governed by our son at the moment. It would spoil your dinner if he started crying.’

“We have a spare room where you can go and feed or change Jeffery. It used to be the nursery for the girls but now it is just a guest room.’

Oh well in that case we would love to come; wouldn’t we Tom.’

“Yes, that would be nice thank you; how are you going to fit us all in though?’

 Our dining table seats twelve people so there will be plenty of room.’

“It must be a massive house to hold a dining table that size said George.’

“Yes, these Edwardian terraced houses are very large inside. Its deceiving when you look from the outside.’

My house must seem very small to you then.’

“I actually like it George; it is a lot warmer and cosier in this house. Our house takes a lot of heating; we have to light a fire in each of the rooms in the winter months in order to keep warm and to stop the dampness.

“I wouldn’t like to pay your coal bill said Tom.’

“Yes Tom we do use quite a lot; about fifteen bags every fortnight.’

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