This is the true story of a nine year old boy who, at the height of the
Birmingham blitz, is transported from his ‘all mod cons’ big city home to
the safety of a house in a remote south Staffordshire hamlet, a mile and a
half from nowhere, where he finds himself living in domestic and sanitary
conditions that have remained unaltered for over a thousand years – the
culture shock to end all culture shocks.
describes his acceptance of and assimilation into the country ways of life;
his struggle for an education in a village school built to house ninety
local children, but then grossly overcrowded by more than a hundred evacuees
from not one but two Birmingham schools; his first faltering love, and the
adventures that he was able to undertake by virtue of the fearless freedom
afforded to children in that far off time exactly seventy years ago.
contagious affliction sees him whisked away from the now familiar village of
Yoxall and he finds himself living in a grand country house where a whole
new series of adventures begin, resulting in an episode that tests the
resolution of a tough little ‘Brummie’ almost to the limit.
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