The Only Way Was Essex: Tough Times And Simple Pleasures: Growing Up In An Essex Village In The 1920S

The Only Way Was Essex: Tough Times And Simple Pleasures: Growing Up In An Essex Village In The 1920S

by Spike Mays

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Overview

In a remote corner of rural Essex, when ploughs were drawn by heavy horses and children walked shoeless to school, young Spike Mays lived with his family in a two-up, two-down cottage, where there was no electricity, no bathroom, no running water and just a shared privy in the back yard. Beset by poverty, this was an England in the shadow of the Great War.

In this bittersweet memoir Mays recreates the village, its travelling parson, local poacher and even the local drunkard. And in the bustling backstairs world of the squire's house where Spike served his apprenticeship we see a more privileged side to life. This warm and nostalgic portrait of a very different Essex opens a door to a distant past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780349138794
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Spike Mays wrote several other memoirs detailing his life in Essex.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Richard Church xi

Prologue - Reuben's Corner 3

1 Kuldysack 15

2 Aunt Harriet's Funeral 29

3 Father's War 44

4 Brick and Stone Villa 66

5 Ketteridge and Kindness 79

6 Willingly to School 85

7 'T' Church a-Sundays' 103

8 Walton's Park 119

9 The Bonnett 142

10 Horkey 157

11 The Village 163

12 A Family Addition 193

13 Armistice Day 200

14 A Sting in the Tale 211

15 Scholarship 228

16 Stolen Fruit 236

17 Place Farm 251

18 Nellie 280

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