A story of English country life in the mid-20th century for a young boy, orphaned and passed around several families before meeting Nelson Greenwood—the remarkable man who took him in and changed his life.
Original short stories of Christmastime. Written to be read around the winter solstice, they contain the best of Christmas traditions—a mix of the traditional, humorous and didactic with a hint of the supernatural.
These stories come from North East England and although they have been passed from generation to generation in the oral tradition, I have written them down just in case they get lost and forgotten. 167 pages with 36 folk tales from all parts of the old Northern Counties: Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire. If you tell the bairns these tales, make sure you add a little intrigue and passion!
Based on the true story of the demise of Witton Park, England, the village that refused to die. King Street Kids follows a boy through the last year he spends in the place he grew up. It will make you laugh; it may make you cry. It's a glimpse into an era which, though rough and swathed in poverty, is fondly remembered by many.
Third edition: A treatise on brewing old ale and barley wine in the tradition of James Thornycroft as served in The Woodcock pub around the year 1930. A magical look at how things were done in an age where quality was everything. Detailed recipes for 20 tried and true authentic brews from a time and place long gone.
A nostalgic look at a pre-WW2 childhood in Weardale, County Durham, England. Vivian Peart recalls the hard work, frugal restrictions and wonderful comraderie of colourful farming folk and tradesmen and women in the beautiful English dale in the mid-20th century.
A Far Off Bell is the story of a young farmgirl’s education and formative years in the village of Middridge in County of Durham, England, shortly before and during the First World War. It is rich in the atmosphere of the period, depicting the satisfying rigours of farm life and the poverty, depression and unemployment of a decaying mining village.
Juliet O'Connor inherited from both mother and father gifts as a writer. These gifts were nowhere more effectively displayed than in these vignettes, a series of what she called ‘shorts’ covering her childhood in Stockton on Tees, England. It is not clear when exactly they were written, perhaps during her retirement.
This is the story, in her own words, of Juliet, a young Englishwoman, and her life in India. A few short weeks after completing her college training in England as a teacher of art and crafts, she had her 21st birthday on August 10, 1963 and a week later married a young clergyman, Dan O’Connor. Three weeks later, they set sail for India, where they made their home, raised a family and lived until 1972.