Beyond Nab End: The Sequel to The Road to Nab End

Beyond Nab End The Sequel to The Road to Nab End The second volume of Woodruff s memoirs starts with his arrival in the EastEnd of London in the early s He finds lodgings with a Cockney family inStratford where he shares a single bed head to to

  • Title: Beyond Nab End: The Sequel to The Road to Nab End
  • Author: William Woodruff
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The second volume of Woodruff s memoirs starts with his arrival in the EastEnd of London in the early 1930s He finds lodgings with a Cockney family inStratford, where he shares a single bed head to toe with a stonebreaker.He thinks himself lucky to get a job at an iron foundry until he faces thegruelling, back breaking work But William is indomitable To find his oldswThe second volume of Woodruff s memoirs starts with his arrival in the EastEnd of London in the early 1930s He finds lodgings with a Cockney family inStratford, where he shares a single bed head to toe with a stonebreaker.He thinks himself lucky to get a job at an iron foundry until he faces thegruelling, back breaking work But William is indomitable To find his oldsweetheart, he one day cycles to Berkhamstead She s not there and hereturns in a snowstorm it takes him eight hours to reach friends in thewest of London and then, after three hours sleep, another four to get towork on time.Eventually he joins a night school to get some learnin his first whitecollar job starts for the water board in S Brettenham House His studiesfinally take him to the Catholic Workers College which is now PlaterCollege , Oxford.How the foundry worker became a scholar, how war interrupted his studies and William s concluding description of returning from war to meet the sonhe s never seen is a deeply moving story.

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    1. An excellent read,in a voice still clear and present all these years on. What a wonderful writer this historian is - it makes you think about all the other young people, like my father-in-law, who left school early through circumstances I look forward to reading William Woodruff's other books. A couple of my fave quotes from this one: 'As a constant visitor to the continent and a strong supporter of the League of Nations, he (Sir Alfred Zimmern) always had first-hand knowledge of the growing pol [...]

    2. This is the second part of William Woodruff's compelling autobiographical account of his early life. The book continues on from The Road to Nab End and is just as readable. It describes his escape from unemployment in 1930s Blackburn by heading south for London, and how, after taking advantage of a few fortunate opportunities and with the help of some truly inspiring people, gets himself to Oxford University. Excellent.

    3. What he began with his wonderful "The Road to Nab End", William Woodruff continues in this, his detailed, personal, and very human portrayal of his years spent in London, Oxford, and elsewhere. As with his previous book, I had some difficulty in bringing myself to stop reading, forcing myself at the close of a chapter to lay the book aside and get on with my day. What Woodruff captures here is a decidedly British perspective on both class divisions and the stubborn tenacity of some in believing [...]

    4. I am currently re-reading this backwards.It is several years since I first read this book - perhaps in a holiday cottage? But I was having a discussion with my daughter, currently studying GCSE History, about the meaning of propaganda and knew there was a vivid description of the writer as a young man on holiday in Germany, going to a Nazi rally becoming more and more disturbed by the behaviour of the crowd.So I ordered the book from my local library and in trying to track the passage down was e [...]

    5. William Woodruff the historian who died in September 2008 wrote two surprise best sellers in his 80s - The Road to Nab End and this book, Beyond Nab End, the second part of his personal memoir. This is very readable book chronicling the time from when he hitched to London during the depression, worked in a foundry developing his political ideas, became educated through the WEA and on to Oxford where his studies were eventually disrupted by the second world war and where he also spent time pre wa [...]

    6. I read these books in the wrong order nevertheless really enjoyed them both. They are a true account of life in Lancashire during the economically hard times back in the 20s. The bottom is falling out of the cotton mill industry and life gets pretty desperate for the lower classes. They are well-written and hard to put down.I have a copy of Beyond Nab End to swap or sell but The Road To Nab End will be donated to the Waitakere Library as they don't have one.

    7. I loved the first book in this series - a well-written link with the world of Grandad's stories of his youth. I like the way William wrote about the other people in his life - honest but not nasty - and his passion and dedication are to be admired. Not as stunning as the first one (maybe because Grandad didn't go to Oxford!!) but enjoyable, nevertheless.

    8. An exceptional autobiography. Woodruff's storytelling voice is superb, and his recreation of pre and post World War II England is vivid. I'll admit that the book was dry at points, but overall Beyond Nab End is extremely engaging and provides a fitting conclusion to Woodruff's journey from a young, North Englander in the working class to an Oxford educated man.

    9. The riveting first tale of Nab End by Woodruff segued into Beyond Nab End and I felt I had stumbled over another treasure. It did not disappoint. I found SO compelling all the details of life in the veritable slums of northern England and then again in London. It makes me want to go back and re-read the first book!

    10. This sat a long long time on my shelves after reading The Road to Nab End, and might well have sat longer but for a need for a book with a place name in the title for the library book café. Ironically, I can't remember the relevance of Nab End.This book covers the period in Woodruff's life between leaving home for London in the early 1930s and passing his final Oxford examinations during WWII with a quick run-down of his war which he had written about in another book possibly the first volume o [...]

    11. "May you lead an interesting life" is the chinese curse. As I have noticed in other biographies the childhood and teenage years are packed full of tales but it gets to a point in life where although it may be a happy and fulfilling life there are few stories to entertain people. I'm afraid I put this book down during his time at Oxford and didn't get around to to finishing it. I'll try to rectify that soon.

    12. I enjoyed this second volume as much as the first and it gave a real insight into the events leading up to the Second World War , some of which I was unaware . His life was sufficiently interesting to have warranted another book to follow this one! He would have certainly been on my list of 'people I would most like to invite to a diner party ! And I shall be investigating his other works.

    13. A very good book. It's full of life, emotion &, most of all Hope. It describes the beauty & ambience of Oxford so well, you can clearly imagine yourself there. The reality of war - the sheer boredom, heartache & loneliness is all here too. A thoroughly good & absorbing read. Cx

    14. Both books in this series well worth reading for insight into how incredibly tough life was in England as a result of war, oppression, poverty and what amazing spirit and tenacity was revealed in all those circumstances. Compelling and inspiring.

    15. Excellent account of life as a teenager, student in the 1930s and the life changing opportunities made available to him, all set against the background of events in Europe to which he came quite close.

    16. I found this to be written in a different style to its predecessor and had little humour. Overall not as easy to read as The Road To Nab End

    17. Hard working, clear thinking, always aware and rarely off display, Woodruff succeeds where many failed before him. Love that he ignores class conscious slights and pursues his own destiny.

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