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1963 Audiobook

1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam

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Publisher's Summary

Amid slum terraces of Manchester is one boy's year of adventure, abuse, crippling poverty, and an encounter with The Moors Murderers.

A raw and often funny 12-month snapshot of seven-year-old Tommy's brutal young life. Moving us through his daily struggle with poverty and neglect in 1960s Manchester like it's the most natural thing in the world, Tommy lives at the heart of a large Irish family in derelict Hulme, ruled by an abusive and alcoholic father and a drunk, negligent mother.

Alongside his siblings he begs for - or steals - a few pennies to bring home to his parents and avoid a belting, while looking for something to eat and a little adventure along the way. With an unlikely sense of fun and a huge dose of good humor, Tommy introduces us to his foul-mouthed and chaotic family members. Deeply flawed they may all be, but amongst the violence, grinding poverty, and distinct lack of hygiene and morality lies a strong sense of loyalty and, above all, survival.

During this single year - before his family implodes and his world changes forever - young Tommy falls foul of the school welfare officers, the nuns, the police - and Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.

An adventurous, fun, dark and moving story of the only life young Tommy knew.

©2017 Mirror Books (P)2017 Mirror Books

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    Alan WIRRAL, United Kingdom 16/08/2017
    Alan WIRRAL, United Kingdom 16/08/2017 Member Since 2015

    Hello I am married with 4 children 17 grandchildren I work as a postman I'm a massive Rugby League fan St Helens R L F C

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    "Alan"

    Fantastic and brilliant read enjoyed every minute a must read for every one who lived in the 1963 era

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    lauren bolton 09/08/2017
    lauren bolton 09/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book. A truely poignant story"

    I've listened to this book several times and it still makes me laugh and brings a tear to my eye. Brilliant

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    Yusuf London, United Kingdom 11/07/2017
    Yusuf London, United Kingdom 11/07/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read for anyone interested in social history, Manchester in the 1960s, or the Irish diasporah."

    This has been a rather difficult review to write. So let's deal with the easy bit first. The narrator Kevin Hely, who I had not previously heard of, turns in an absolutely outstanding performance. Of course, with that wonderful Irish accent, it would be hard for me to dislike his narration. But Setting that aside, he manages to bring to life all the various characters which Tommy Rhattigan wrote about. Now to the hard part of this review. The story is a difficult one. Tommy, the narrator, is one of 13 children. His parents, both of them, would now be described as both neglectful and abusive. The "adventures" described are at times harrowing. Rhattigan's style means that he can describe events which are terrifying, all the more so when you recollect that this is a true story. In spite of that I found myself laughing throughout listening to this book. Although the book takes place in 1963, Manchester, I was left feeling that many of the events described wouldn't have been out of place in a Dickens novel set in the Victorian period. This is a book I will not forget in a hurry, a truly memorable read! Rhattigan should be encouraged to write more, especially as I'm dying to know what happened next.

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    Amazon Customer 28/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book"

    By far the best I've ever listened too. Would highly recommend. It's extremely sad and yet it will have you laughing out loud.

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    Lee Aberdeenshire 24/06/2017
    Lee Aberdeenshire 24/06/2017 Member Since 2017

    Audiobooks come with me everywhere.

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    "A slice of bread and jam.."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Some of the story made me laugh out loud, others times it made me wonder if what was being described was true. Kinda torn about this book as I just couldn't be sympathetic towards the author. Similar to Angela's Ashes/Tis by Frank McCourt which I preferred.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book was interesting in so far it was set in the era I grew up in but some of it seemed to be a bit far fetched.


    What does Kevin Hely bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    the narration was excellent and he did bring the characters to life. I would read other books narrated by Kevin Hely.


    Did 1963 inspire you to do anything?

    Not really. Have read enough about the Moors Murderers in the past.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book even though I have read some quite critical reviews about it. I suppose you will just have to make up your on mind wether to purchase it or not. I won't be searching out a follow up.

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  • Leila
    16/05/17
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    "Excellent!!!!!!"

    I loved every minute of this audiobook! I loved the author's vivid, detailed memories of his childhood...They were shocking, sad and funny all at the same time, as he shared memories of his childhood days spent avoiding school, begging for change with his siblings, stealing, getting into mischief, and describing life through the eyes of a child with his alcoholic parents. This is the first time I've listened to Kevin Hely narrate, and he is now a new favorite! His irish brogue and performance of the narrative is spot on, perfect, and hilarious! I've already listened to this book twice, and I enjoyed the story and the narrator's Irish brogue and lively performance so much that I'm listening to it for the third time now. Kevin Hely is as charming as Frank McCourt! Love him!

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