Written by Samantha Henthorn
Ernest Bradshaw has grit and determination, but best of all, Ernest Bradshaw has ambition, the ambition to become the next cycling champion to hail from 1960’s Lancashire. Problem is, the threat of nuclear war is looming – and his mother is petrified. If you like a good, nostalgic story, you need to read ‘1962’ and join Ernest and the wonderful array of characters’ journey into life, love, the ups and downs of cycling with a backdrop of global uncertainty.
Skilfully Written, A Totally Terrific Read!
Samantha Henthorn has written of the 1960s with nostalgia and has a wonderful talent for putting her finger on the mood of the day; with WWII behind them, people had great hopes for the decade – after all, it was 1962!
Ernest Bradshaw lives with his mother and her cousin, known to all as ‘Uncle Billy’. His mother has Ernest at the centre of her world – everything she does is for him. She is a decent woman, and in those days standards had to be maintained. The characters are beautifully and skilfully created; so much so that you can imagine bumping into any of them around the next corner. Ernest has his nemesis and tries his best to avoid being embroiled in any of his daft schemes as he wouldn’t like to embarrass his mum. When she manages to fix him up with a Saturday delivery job which extends to after school hours, it begins a love of cycling and opens up a whole new world of ambition to him.
Ernest is a lovable character, without a doubt. Those on the periphery of this story fit in so well with the time the book is set in and the writing is just wonderful. This is a story you can sink into and let it wash over you. When you pause, it’s a bit of a surprise to find it’s not 1962 after all!
I loved everything about this book, and can find nothing to criticise. It’s a totally terrific novel and one which will leave you feeling so happy you decided to read it, and grateful for all that you have. There are plenty of opportunities to giggle along the way. A definite feel-good read which leaves me with fond memories of Ernest Bradshaw.
My grateful thanks to author Samantha Henthorn for bringing my attention to her novel. My copy was via Kindle Unlimited. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: 1960s, family, cycling
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2383 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Publication Date: 8 August 2017
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/4lFtppi
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She has had short stories and poetry published in magazines. She has recently published a short story collection ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’. She has self published a short children’s novel, Piccalilli. She has also written two adult fiction novels, and many, many more to come…