M-Y Books, Nov 1, 2012 - 354 pages
It tells of one such effort made by a person named Nancy - the main character of this story.We first meet her in 1909, when she leaves the protective time of childhood and enters the perilous years leading up to adulthood. Authors Note I was born in a village-like community in the industrial heart of Manchester. This - like many similar settings - first emerged in the latter part of the Victorian period, and is the community you'll find extensively described in the book, Different Times.
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The leading chapters of the book reveals a fascinating insight into childhood in an area of old, industrial, Manchester. It describes the play-areas they had to endure, but how they transform these by the delight of each other's company - as children do. This was graphically portrayed in the chapter describing a group of children playing on a paved area known as The Flags in a district known as Angel Meadow - a once verdant area completely despoiled by industrial intrusions. The continuing chapters give fascinating accounts of World War One's impact on people - particularly the main character, Nancy, as she develops from the child introduced in the first chapter to a woman learning about life and its impositions. Her journey through adversity is finally compensated by a delightful and surprising ending. The book is well worth a read.