Playing Out Swings and Roundabouts

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Playing Out - Swings and Roundabouts outlines the first ten years of Paul’s life. Abandoned by his mother at six weeks old, he lives alongside three brothers and a sister being raised by their lorry driver father. Struggling to cope, their father does his best to provide but living on state handouts means the children often go without. Being motherless has a huge impact on every aspect of his existence. In way of compensation, swings and roundabouts, Paul is afforded the freedom to roam. Hardships aplenty, lacking the nurture that often comes from a motherly embrace, Paul is being sculpted, his life is playing out. Set in the 1970s, the older reader can enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane and the youngsters can view the offline existence of kids who wore flares and had bad hair. Products and television programmes, toys and confectionery, the sweetest of memories entwined with the roughness of a working-class environment. Street games, scrumping and sewage tunnels. A patchwork quilt of Paul’s memories stitched together using a rather coarse yarn makes this story a true account of British social history that is both poignant and humorous. All the main elements of the story are genuine incidents, although many of the people and places have been distorted to protect the guilty and to assist with the flow of the narrative.

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Book Type: Print & Digital

ISBN-13: 9781537309422

ISBN-10: 1537309420

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Language: English

Pages: 272

Interior: BW

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A Black Country Lad who now lives in the Black Boy Land or Schwarzbubenland as it is called in Switzerland. A difficult start has given spice and excitement to what was destined to be a dull life. Or that's how I see it. Raised by my father, the youngest of five I spent many hours Playing Out. My school years - Empty Corridors - were disruptive. An inconvenience standing in-between my freedom and the big wide world. Uneducated and somewhat troubled I went to London. I spent around twelve years working as a rent-boy - Paulyanna - I did some travelling. In 2000, whilst in Ibiza I found a husband (civil partner) and a new chapter in my life began. Now I write.

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