Derbyshire Born an autobiography by British author John G Smith

Derbyshire Born

The year is 1942, the British are stoical but fearful, the war could go either way.  A boy is born in middle England on a small tenanted farm that might be lost to the Germans.  He knows nothing of this nightmare since the early years are idyllic.  Hating school and failing the crucial exam, the omens are not good. But he is bright and works hard and against the odds gets an office job aged fifteen and is plunged headlong into an adult world.  A world of steam trains and post-war characters.  It will take a big push to penetrate the realms of accounting and finance, yet it can be done. A time long gone.

Excerpt

The year is 1942, the British are stoical but fearful, the war could go either way. A boy is born in middle England on a small tenanted farm that might be lost to the Germans. He knows nothing of this nightmare since the early years are idyllic. Hating school and failing the crucial exam, the omens are not good. But he is bright and works hard and against the odds gets an office job aged 15 and is plunged headlong into an adult world. A world of steam trains and post-war characters.

“If the little engines were lovable, the giant eight and nine freights were positively awesome. Their magnificence was not dented by the quietness and stillness of being at rest in the great engine sheds. Nor was their dignity impugned by the ant-like men in boiler suits with strange sounding names who crawled over and inside them.”

Reviews

By Katherine Childs, 21 July 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book as the author has painted a vivid picture of life growing up in rural Derbyshire.

By Gary, 8 July 2011

I loved the book evoked lots of positive nostalgia for me looking back even the bad times were good, could have enjoyed a whole book on the never ending stuggle yet heart felt satisfaction that has nothing to do with money and everything to do with doing the best you can to be a man.

By Stephy, 8 July 2011
The book aptly describes life in rural Derbyshire. As I was born on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border I found this a very interesting book as i knew the locations John referred to. it gives a great insight into rural life so many years ago and I even remember some of the family names John mentions. The book is written very well and makes a very easy read particularly for Derbyshire people and others who may be interested in local history.
Life on the farm in Derbyshire was not easy but John’s aspirations never faltered, young people of today should be inspired by the content.
Details

Derbyshire Born – Farm boy to financier John G Smith
Non Fiction: Paperback / Hard Cover / Digital Download
ISBN 978-1-4466-7742-1
Published by Lulu / Heathland Associates November 24th, 2010
Language English – Pages 119

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