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On the Milk

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As a fourteen year old bursting with energy and life, Willie lied about his age to get a job on the milk truck. Well, maturity was called for. Delivering milk may not be everyone's idea of a glamorous start to your working life but it came to represent far more than Willie and his best friend Gordon could possibly imagine. Their eyes were swiftly opened to the big bad/good world and so they quickly learnt the vital necessity of thinking on their toes. Despite the hard backdrop of an industrial town ("The ...

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Overview

As a fourteen year old bursting with energy and life, Willie lied about his age to get a job on the milk truck. Well, maturity was called for. Delivering milk may not be everyone's idea of a glamorous start to your working life but it came to represent far more than Willie and his best friend Gordon could possibly imagine. Their eyes were swiftly opened to the big bad/good world and so they quickly learnt the vital necessity of thinking on their toes. Despite the hard backdrop of an industrial town ("The Ruskies wouldn't drop the atom bomb on Dundee; there's nothing here worth bombing"), this is a fabulous story of boys growing up in the sixties, of camaraderie and optimism, innocence and the harshness of life.

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Library Journal - BookSmack!
By lying about his age, 14-year-old Robertson acquired a coveted job working on the milk truck for Fletcher's Dairy in 1960s Dundee, Scotland. In this delightful collection of colorful stories, he highlights his youth. Delivering milk required jumping on and off the back of a moving lorry while worrying about tips, girls, and the occasional Russian bombing. Whether describing learning the skills of milk delivery under the truck's mistress, Avril; working with the ragtag group of boys collectively called the "mulk ladies"; or transitioning from playing war to discovering the Beatles, Robertson is entertaining-if you can read through the Scottish accent.What I'm Telling My Friends A fun read and a picture of not-too-bygone days. Think Frank McCourt, but not such a downer. Julie Kane, "Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack! 10/21/10
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"I went from belly laughing one minute to wiping a tear from my eye the next . . .  brilliant."  —Lorraine Kelly, author, Lorraine: Between Me and You

"A world gone forever is captured for posterity between these pages—touching, funny, and completely real."  —Rosamunde Pilcher, author, Winter Solstice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755319299
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Willie Robertson was born and bred in Dundee, and started his working career at Fletcher's Dairies in the city. He left school with six O Levels and then started an apprenticeship as an architectural draftsman. After two degrees and an MBA, Willie now runs his own company providing global training in the gas and oil industries.

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