How it Was, by Sylvia R. Linacre

How it Was, by Sylvia R. Linacre

Published by Arthur H Stockwell in 2002, 96 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.14cm by 22cm (A19RWSO)

From the rear side cover: These are the memories of my childhood. Some are as clear as ifit were yesterday, others less so. Our lives were given continuity and certainty as we followed the rituals and festivals of the Church calendar. We knew the cycle of the farmers' year, ploughing, sowing and reaping We followed the pattern of our own seasonal games. It seemed a safe, secure world. We were part of it - we belonged.

There were children robbed of their fathers by illness, mining accidents and later, the war There were poor people - children inadequately clothed and fed. Before the war the shops were full of cheap merchandise but, because of unemployment and low wages, it could not be afforded. But, for me, it was a good time. The war changed everything. It would never be the same again. This is how it was.

Sylvia Linacre (nee Machin) was educated at Netherthorpe Grammar School and Alnwick Castle Training College. She was a schoolteacher for thirty-five years and, since her retirement, her interests include local history and world travel. She has lived in Barlborough most of her life and is a widow with two daughters and a grandson.

The condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs and blemishes, light wear along the edges, and an area of bumping in the top right hand corner, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.