Memories of a Fox

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Wakefield Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Gallagher's memoir is a story of achievement and a unique love story. As a child of the Depression, Harry and his friend Gloria made a playground of the local tip. The resourcefulness he learnt stood him in good stead as he took on the world, launching the careers of Jon Henricks, Dawn Fraser and many other swimming legends.

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About the author (1998)

The author was born in humble circumstances to Mum and Dad on a council estate in Shafton Nr Barnsley. Dad was a collier and Mum was a clippie during 1929, the year of the Wall Street crash. Harry attended the elementary and secondary modern schools in the area. His dad got him a job at the local butcher when he left school. This continued until Harry volunteered for the army and took the Kings shilling in 1946. During his service he was promoted to sergeant before he was 19. He was then posted to Hamburg in Germany to run a coal depot. After he was demobbed, it proved a bitterly cold winter and Harry got a job as a credit salesman. Before long he was running the gents department in a department store. The prospects were bleak and it was demolished in the name of progress. So the author went to work as a cashier on a building site. He eventually started owning and running his own business selling and hiring Stihl saws until he retired.

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