THE GIRL WITH THE EMERALD BROOCH Growing up 1954-1965
This wonderful tale, based on the writer’s childhood and set in the industrial city of Sheffield, during post-war Britain, tells of a young girl unexpectedly having to look after her ailing mother, aged father, five-year-old sister, and three-weeks old brother.
At this tender age when she should be playing with friends, she is coming to terms with birth and death. Then her mother shocks her by giving her an emerald brooch and telling her a secret.
You will be gripped from the first sentence as you meet Jacqueline’s family and friends, and see how she turns into a rebellious teenager when she discovers boys, cigarettes, and rock ‘n’ roll, before facing the challenges of growing up and choosing her own path in life.
With dialogue reminiscent of the characterization of Catherine Cookson, and humour and pathos as found in ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Brassed Off’, you will love this book.
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Mum when she was nursing
Me, four years old and moved to Tanfield Road
Whitsuntide and the dreadful salmon-pink suit I hated.
Look where the waistband is, it’s under my arms
1955/56 Me, Ian and Josie at New Brighton
1958 Me, Ian, Josie at Mablethorpe
Chemist shop where I worked after leaving school in 1959
It was on the Junction of Dykes Hall Road and Kendal Road
1960 Hazel and me, at Blackpool
1961 Club 60, Shalesmoor
!963 Ian, me, Josie and Shep, somewhere in Derbyshire
And then along came John
1964 John and me
1965 25th September Wedding Day. With Josie and Margaret, Bridesmaids
Wonderful day, despite having Bronchitis
Parents photo Wedding Day
John, Me, John’s Mum, My Dad, My Mum, John’s Dad