Playing OutSwings and Roundabouts

Playing OutSwings and Roundabouts If Paul was a pigeon his dad would probably wring his neck The runt of the litter the youngest of five he grasps at life Children struggle with different and Paul is unique He s being raised by his

  • Title: Playing OutSwings and Roundabouts
  • Author: Paul Douglas Lovell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • If Paul was a pigeon his dad would probably wring his neck The runt of the litter, the youngest of five, he grasps at life Children struggle with different and Paul is unique He s being raised by his dad on social welfare It s the 1970s, toys are crap and money is short Struggling with the constraints of poverty and desperate to fit in, obeying the rules is not easy.If Paul was a pigeon his dad would probably wring his neck The runt of the litter, the youngest of five, he grasps at life Children struggle with different and Paul is unique He s being raised by his dad on social welfare It s the 1970s, toys are crap and money is short Struggling with the constraints of poverty and desperate to fit in, obeying the rules is not easy In a bid to gain the right sort of attention laws are broken or replaced by his own set of values Scrumping, scampering through sewage tunnels and scrounging are just a few of the things that occupy his existence Paul s life is PLAYING OUT.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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    1. This is a very lively memoir of the author's younger years growing up with his three older brothers, his one older sister and his dad during the 1970s. Money is tight and times are hard but Paul not only survives but thrives, thanks to his eternal optimism and his ability to make the best of every situation. No new toys? Make up a game with smelly socks. Having to do the food shopping with his sister? Play bowling with tins of beans down the store’s aisles. He inherits from his father a strong [...]

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