This is the story of a formative period in the lives of two young people in Northern England: a student who is facing the possibility of leaving the city of his birth to study at a university, and a pragmatic shop-worker from the same neighbourhood with ambitions of her own, leading in a different direction.
Although surprisingly mature for their age, their emotional inexperience becomes evident when they are unexpectedly thrown together.
The saga develops around the close-knit families of the two central characters, their friends (who are a mixture of students and local workers) and outsiders who bring both good and bad influences to bear on their lives.
The main setting is a decaying, industrial city during the winter months of 1971/72, and various historical threads, such as music and fashion, have been woven into the story to provide a sense of social atmosphere.
It was a time when parents could recollect their memories of World War II, when people relied on buses to get them to and from work, when milk was delivered to the door, the call of the ‘rag-and-bone’ man was only beginning to fade from the street, and when face-to-face communication still reigned supreme, untroubled by the technological era about to descend on the world.
So Very Enjoyable!
I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this one – and I am already looking forward to the rest of this series!
Set in a northern town, this is the tale of ordinary people leading ordinary lives; Matt is a student, studying hard to try and get to university. Sara is a young woman who has put her plans for further education on hold following the death of her father – but she has ambition and wants to build a career, which will mean leaving her home town. When these two strike up a friendship, neither thinks of the future, but as it turns to romance, it weighs heavily on there minds. Do they – can they – have a future?
The first thing which stands out in this novel is that the author knows how to write to grab the attention of his readers; I was very quickly completely enthralled with the setting, the characters – really the basic honesty of it all. What makes it all so special is that it is so ordinary to the period of time. During those years I was in my second and third years at secondary school and it brought back so many memories. Without a doubt, my absolute favourite reminiscences were caused by the music playing on the radio in the background of so many scenes; I hummed and sang my way through each song! That aside, I was quite shocked when I came to the end as I somehow thought it would just go on and on – but isn’t that always the way of a really good read? Very well written, it is fair to say I was enchanted by this novel and absolutely recommend it; for me, there is no doubt that this is a five star read.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: period fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 270 pages
- Publisher: Austin Macauley
- Publication Date: 30 November 2021
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After a lifetime of reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, Thomas Henchard was researching some material from his own past when he was struck by the idea of making his own contribution to literature by writing about the fictional lives of a family from a period in modern history, with the emphasis on the younger generation. The result was the novel I Won’t Call You Again – The Old Year. A sequel called I Won’t Call You Again – The New Year, and two further novels (Don’t Get Stuck on a Sandbank and Bring Ten Naira!) are in progress. Although born in West Yorkshire, the author spent a large part of his early childhood in Malaysia and Hong Kong, and he has also been an expatriate worker in West Africa and the Middle East. At the time of writing, he lives in Lincolnshire with his wife.