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Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones
     

Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones

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by Jean Hendy-Harris
 

A story of a working class childhood spent in a uniquely at odds with itself region of the Thames where customs of urban living clashed awkwardly with rural traditions. Jean was just one of hundreds of children who swarmed the narrow back streets of once attractive waterside villages long sacrificed to the shadow and ugliness of relentless nineteenth century brick

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A story of a working class childhood spent in a uniquely at odds with itself region of the Thames where customs of urban living clashed awkwardly with rural traditions. Jean was just one of hundreds of children who swarmed the narrow back streets of once attractive waterside villages long sacrificed to the shadow and ugliness of relentless nineteenth century brick and cement production. The unruly poor growing up in the environs of Gravesend and Northfleet were accustomed to deprivation and once the first flurry of fear receded they became just as accustomed to air raids and the omnipresent threat of sudden and total obliteration. They learned early to treat the hitches and glitches of life with realistic optimism. Even with the war safely behind them, circumstances dictated that life offered few treats and therefore community driven activities and celebrations such as making the Guy and building the fire for Bonfire Night were focused upon with enthusiasm. On a day to day basis the local chalk pits and the recently created bomb sites became obvious playgrounds and allowed plenty of potential for danger combined with inventive play. Book lovers like Jean and her friend Milly turned eagerly to the library and the delights of Enid Blyton. Possibly it was this ongoing diet of fantasy adventure that allowed Jean to conjure up all new and frequently alternating imaginary families to replace the one she felt unfortunate enough to have been born into.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044561540
Publisher:
Jean Hendy-Harris
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
247 KB

Meet the Author

I grew up in England and spent a number of years in London before moving to New Zealand where I became a doctor's wife and brought up three children. I moved from being an office worker to free lance writing during my twenties and at that time wrote short stories for women's magazines and articles on child care and early learning. After educating my children for ten years I wrote a home schooling memoir (PUTTING THE JOY BACK INTO EGYPT - Hodder & Stoughton) I have also written several literature themed books for teachers (Ashton Scholastic) and a variety of texts and articles on education. I am a newcomer to Smashwords.

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Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it offensive that the publish wrote at the beginning not to loan or share the book- as long as the copywrite is respected it is nothing to do with the publisher what I do with the book. I found the book interesting especially as I am only 4 months older than the writer & born in England - luckily we didn't live in Kent! She explained well as I have maintained for some time, when I child is born into a war & know nothing different it is not so shocking. I too found post war things to be more scary- mine was bananas!!