A coming-of-age story with a big
In the summer of 1957, the Maddox
family move ten miles from a council estate in Wastock to a larger
house in the country where each of the four teenagers can, at
last, have their own bedroom. Brackenbridge is the epitome of an
English village, where gardens are kept immaculate, lawns mown to
within a millimetre of life, and the very last thing some of the
prim and proper natives desire is a family of councilites moving
Jenny, Jake, Pete and Matt, the four
youngsters, fall foul of the locals the first day, and from there things go downhill.
Not all the villagers are bad, though,
and the boys become friends with some New Road lads whose own
families were once targeted, but what they learn from them about
the old fogies of Spring Lane is shocking.
Matt makes friends with the vicar's
son, Tommy, and it's the start of changing the village.
If you were told by someone who lived
through the fifties that it was a
time of sexual innocence in the young, you might want to
ask yourself what it is they are ashamed of and wish to hide. It
wasn't like that everywhere.
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