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Preview — The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill by Allan Ahlberg
The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill
Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury a Coronation football competition is organized. The boys from the bottom pitch get a team up, but there's no chance they'll win, of course. They're just the odds and sods - one of them is even a girl - but they're all football crazy and ready and eager to beat off the opposition.
A funny and moving story of football and friendship in a
From the Midlands myself I enjoyed the local descriptions of places I know but as the mother of a 9 year old girl I think she would find the football story borin ...more
Perhaps more for adults than children? Who knows, some might enjoy it if they can cope with the historical context. The subject matter is engaging enough and the soccer descriptions fabulous. The kids in the book are 10 though, and I'm guessing not all that many kids of that age would be confident and sophisticated enough readers to enjoy it.
Anyway, a wonderful book.
Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one, he recalls), gravedigger, plumber, and teacher.
The author wrote his firs ...more