The Only Way Was Essex: Tough Times and Simple Pleasures: Growing Up In an Essex Village in the 1920s Spike Mays

ISBN: 9780349138794

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The Only Way Was Essex: Tough Times and Simple Pleasures: Growing Up In an Essex Village in the 1920s  by  Spike Mays

The Only Way Was Essex: Tough Times and Simple Pleasures: Growing Up In an Essex Village in the 1920s by Spike Mays
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In a remote corner of rural Essex, when ploughs were drawn by heavy horses and children walked shoeless to school, young Spike Mays lived with his family in a two-up, two-down cottage, where there was no electricity, no bathroom, no running water andMoreIn a remote corner of rural Essex, when ploughs were drawn by heavy horses and children walked shoeless to school, young Spike Mays lived with his family in a two-up, two-down cottage, where there was no electricity, no bathroom, no running water and just a shared outhouse in the backyard.

Beset by poverty, this was an England in the shadow of the Great War. In this bittersweet memoir, Mays recreates the village, its traveling parson, local poacher, and even the local drunkard. And in the bustling backstairs world of the squires house where Spike served his apprenticeship we see a more privileged side to life. This warm and nostalgic portrait of a very different Essex opens a door to a distant past.



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