Nobody in Particular

Nobody in Particular

by Cherry Simmonds (Author)

Synopsis

NOBODY IN PARTICULAR is the hand-on-heart, honest, charming and occasionally tear-inducingly tragic, often laugh out loud funny story of what it was like to grow up in Liverpool in the 1950s and '60s as the youngest child in a large and somewhat eccentric Anglo-Irish family: Cherry's father would while away the hours playing his guitar in the outside loo until the pubs opened while her mother seemed to be either menopausal or depressed or both, and devoted most of her energies into saving for a divorce or her own business - whichever came cheapest! Capturing the despondency and deprivations of post-war England as embodied in the back streets of Liverpool and the subsequent vibrancy and liberation of the swinging sixties - the decade of the Beatles, national strikes and Liverpool FC winning the FA cup for the first time - this is an ebullient tale told by a natural storyteller. NOBODY IN PARTICULAR is not only a funny, affecting and nicely self-deprecating personal story (peopled by some splendidly observed larger-than-life characters - her family) but also a rather wonderful slice of social history, evoking a bygone yet still familiar and fondly remembered era.

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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Bantam Books
Published: 12 May 2003

ISBN 10: 0553815288
ISBN 13: 9780553815283
Book Overview: Funny, sad, heart-warming, wise and utterly winning account of growing up in the back streets of Liverpool in the '50s and '60s.

Author Bio
Cherry Simmonds was born on Merseyside in 1941, the youngest of nine children. She left school at 15 and worked variously as a Post Office counter clerk, a book-keepping machine operator, garage attendent, wages clerk in a life raft factory, fancy goods shop owner and junk shop owner. She and her husband emigrated to New Zealand in 1970 where they still live. They have three sons (one adopted) and she is mad about animals and auctions. The origins of Nobody in Particular lie in a long letter the author wrote to her brother-in-law following the death of his wife, her beloved sister.