He sees, and relates, through a 13-year-old boy's eyes the relationships of various neighbours, his friends' parents and how they all interact with each other. This simple book teaches you so many things. This was a real good read that drew me in and through the pages right to the end! The experiences recounted by Billy are the kind that remain in the psyche forever. He loves the library and has a special friend in the librarian there. Outside, my father kept going till dusk, when the whole garden was turned over like a new allotment. I subsequently spent a career in corporate communications. When Rooksy suggests a day out with Sarah and her shy friend, Josie, it seems like the perfect summer outing.
One of us had met the author and was intrigued - as we all were. Definitely an author to look out for as I'd love to see what else he is capable of. We thought it gave this book more immediacy. As everyone stood for the two-minute silence, I went to tell her not to worry about getting up but but she was already struggling painfully to her feet. Do most women object to mankind being used to encompass men and women? Irritating how self judgement focuses so readily on what one hasn't done.
But all my efforts were in vain. In , Philip Roth interviews other mainly Jewish authors. I picked the book up because of the title. I recall seeing the cream-coloured bowl that my mother had used to mix cakes in a museum! Little do they know that it will be a day of declarations and revelations; of secrets and terrifying encounters — and that it will change them all forever…. I really enjoyed this book. However, Billy is at heart, a gentle and sensitive boy who loves to read.
It read like an autobiography, but probably just a semi-fictionalised one? A shiver of fear, yes, because it marked time passing, but fascination too, that her past, and mine, were worth remembering. I'm not a great fan of novels written in the present tense, but Billy's narrative in 'The Pimlico Kid' was an exception that worked for me. Barry Walsh has captured the sense of that perfectly here, as we follow Billy Driscoll through life, friendship, love and a growing understanding of the fallibility of adults. We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without our permission. Escapist read, one of those ones where you're wondering how the characters are getting on after you've finished it.
When not writing, Barry enjoys cycling, watching Arsenal, holidays in France, listening to Neil Young and gazing at Audrey Hepburn's face. It grew slowly on me and revealed fantastic prose. She swayed a little but remained upright and unsupported until the Last Post sounded, no doubt remembering — with absolute clarity — her soldier husband and others. I came late to writing and my first I was born and grew up in central London and went to school in the East End. Behind his blue eyes, I sensed an abundance of things he might have said. A powerful and poignant debut from a compelling and authentic voice in commercial fiction. He has suffered with asthma for many years and this has meant that instead of taking part in all the rough and tumble games, he often has to stay indoors and rest.
And everywhere, even when dealing with the darkest events, his humour is peerless. The blisters on my keyboard hands brought to mind the unbreakable skin on the strong, shovel-hard hands of my father. I subsequently spent a career in corporate communications. He feels stronger and younger just being there. Billy and his friend Rooksy are normal adolescent boys who have discovered the joy of the female form, in the main, they are obsessed with breasts, and find themselves in many scrapes due to their increasing curiosity and the availability of places in the street where they can spy on their female neighbours - young and old. There are some great pauses, which just escape the dreaded saggy territory, used in contrast to action so that it feels almost explosive by the time it reaches the climax. The characters are vivid and the sense of community is very strong.
Or to God being referred to as He for his male and female flocks? So, this year I'm coming for both of them. Whether it is the joyous and light hearted street party, or the quite dark and more serious issue of domestic violence and abuse, the writing is incredibly perceptive and although it is very nostalgic, it is never sentimental. It feels a lot closer to the thirties than to now in the descriptions of the housing but also the cockney characters pretty much all displaced now. This is a story that is clearly written from the heart and I'd guess that it also part-memoir, as the novel buzzes with authenticity. When not writing, I enjoy the theatre, reading, watching Arsenal, being in France, listening to classical mus I was born and grew up in central London and went to school in the East End. I was born and grew up in central London and went to school in the East End.
Whether it's ogling sexy mum, Madge, as she pegs out her washing, or avoiding local bully Griggsy, the estates and bombsites of Pimlico have plenty to fire their fertile imagination. I lived in Pimlico for several years and live close by now. He has suffered with asthma for many years and this has meant that instead of taking part in all the rough and tumble games, he often has to stay indoors and rest. Little do they know that it will be a day of declarations and revelations; of secrets and terrifying encounters - and that it will change them all forever. Billy is growing up and after years of being the puny one, he's finally filling out.