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- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 12 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0752468863
- ISBN 13: 9780752468860
- Sales rank: 1,376,940
This is a hard-hitting account of growing up in Newcastle's West End during the uncertain years of the First World War and the Depression. Samuel Herbert had to grow up fast when his mother moved the family to a cockroach-infested tenement in Elswick while his Dad - a miner - was away fighting on the front line. Along with the shared 'netties' and the terrible living conditions, Samuel learned how to deal with the bullies and the gangs until he grew as tough as they were. His fight to get out of this poverty-stricken existence was always hindered by something and he continuously ended up back in that same sorrowful place called The Avenue. Along with the tragedy, however, came lots of laughs, and Samuel's unique account demonstrates the humour, courage and indomitable spirit of the local population. Prepare to be amused and entertained, surprised and moved by these stories, which vividly capture the heart and heritage of this former mining community.
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By Colin R. Doy 19 Feb 2013
The Avenue is not just the story of one man and his family; it's the reflection of an entire generation that grew up and lived through the hardships of a bygone era with little complaint. This book should be required reading for every student studying history in any English speaking country.
Samuel W Herbert's writing style is eloquent and passionate. His memories are colorful and very humorous and yet he has transferred them to paper brilliantly.
In my opinion The Avenue was as good a read as Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela and better than Leadership by Rudy Giuliani