Jack the Lad

Jack the Lad

by Frank English

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Jack the Lad by Frank English

A tale based loosely in reality, this story traces the fortunes of the Ingles family in the West Riding coal fields around Wakefield. Theirs is a saga that could be replicated time after time in an area where scratching a living wasn't easy, and where coal, drink, and occasional infidelity played integral parts in the life of the community. Their story starts in the mid-1940s and paints a picture of the privations endured, the dramas enacted, and the joys and sorrows shared, in a town where all understood how hard it was to break free from the shackles of a traditional coal mining community constraints Potentially fifth generation coal hewers, William and Jack Ingles did just that, but at what cost to them and to their close family? This is the first volume.

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ISBN-13: 9781910077924
Publisher: 2QT Limited (Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Born in 1946 in the West Riding of Yorkshire’s coal fields around Wakefield, he attended grammar school, where he honed his love of writing stories, but enjoyed sport rather more than academic work. After three years at teacher training college in Leeds, he became a teacher in 1967. He spent a lot of time during his teaching career entertaining children of all ages, a large part of which was through telling stories, and encouraging them to escape into a world of imagination and wonder. Some of his most disturbed youngsters he found to be very talented poets, for example. He has always had a wicked sense of humour, which has blossomed only during the time he has spent with his present wife. This sense of humour also allowed many youngsters to survive often difficult and brutalising home environments. He retired almost ten years ago, after forty years working in schools with young people who had significantly disrupted lives because of behaviour disorders and poor social adjustment, generally brought about through circumstances beyond their control. At the same time as moving from leafy lane suburban middle class school teaching in Leeds to residential schooling for emotional and behavioural disturbance in the early 1990s, changed family circumstance provided the spur to achieve ambitions. Supported by his wife, Denise, he achieved a Master’s degree in his mid-forties and a PhD at the age of fifty-six, because he had always wanted to do so. Now enjoying glorious retirement, he spends as much time as life will allow writing, reading and travelling.

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