Book: The Church Across the Street by Neil Griffincategories: Book, Catholic, 1960's, Music, Drama, Clubland, Bands, Rock and Roll, Memoir, Thriller, Growing Up, First Love, Childhood
Neil Griffinabout this book: A poignant, funny and sometimes moving story of a 1960's Catholic childhood in the north of England.
The turbulent 1960's seen through the eyes of a child growing up to maturity, the voice ageing as the years go by.
• "I read this book on holiday in one (long) sitting. It bounces along with the energy of the protagonist whose naivety and wisdom really engages the reader reading from a 'wiser', older place, which is paralleled by the internal author i.e. the hero grown older discovering his diaries. It is thoroughly enjoyable, and very funny indeed, but with that special gut wrenching humour from time to time that has you laughing with tears in your eyes." — Joan R.
• "He manages to deal with the English Catholic-Protestant divide with a lot of common sense,
combining respect and humour, expressing a boy's view about not being able to go to the school or the church nearest his home, hence having different groups of friends. But mostly the story is just about growing up in the days before too much telly, internet, smartphones and suchlike, when teachers still wielded the belt." — Valerie Wilson Salvemini
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