I can't speak too highly of this quite amazing book. It deals with what it was like to be on the dole and the author doesn't attempt to soften the hideousness of it all. The characters are simply delightful. The description of life in the pawn shop on a Monday morning is magnificent. There a few wives meet to exchange news, have a totty and arrange private pawning.
The whole book throbs with vitality and energy, yet at the same time it tears the heart out as it describes the wretchedness of life on the dole. The misery, the heart-ache, the blame which the husband felt as he watched those he loved suffer. It's all here in this book. No little wonder workers today - who know something of this from their family history - hate the thought of ever returning to such a state. A really great book!...Continua