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King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars by Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud
  

King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars

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A true child of the “hard knocks” school, Victor Gregg had a will to survive, it may have been cadging a few pennies from a hotel doorman, begging for stale cakes or seeing what could be scrounged at Covent Garden or even as on one magic day finding a whole leg of lamb at Smithfield. His memories illuminate the complete contrast in childhood and social experiences between then and now, you are left to marvel at the freedom to roam that the children enjoyed. Life was hard, often violent, with gangs an ever present problem much like today. All in all a short book that opens a window on a place and experience that’s often overlooked – as an acute observer Victor Gregg’s memories are well worth reading.

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King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars by Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud

Ninety-three-year-old Victor Gregg has had a rich and fascinating life. King's Cross Kid follows his London childhood from the age of five, when life was so hard that the Salvation Army arranged for young Vic to be taken to the Shaftesbury Home for Destitute Children. Home again a year later, the scallywag years of late childhood began. Then, after the years of street gangs and run-ins with the law, Vic leaves school at fourteen and his real adventures start, and with them a working-class apprenticeship in survival. Ending with his enlistment in the army on the day of his eighteenth birthday, this prequel to the bestselling Rifleman will appeal to the many readers who were charmed by Victor Gregg's engaging, honest and warm voice.

Reviews

Evocative, detailed and unsentimental - gets us wonderfully close-up to the London of the 1930s viewed through the unblinking eyes of a working-class boy relishing every new experience - David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain

An urchin's story that does for London what The Road to Nab End did for Lancashire ... a vivid recreation of a street life of poverty and insecurity richly infused with great warmth, mischief and humour - Juliet Gardiner, author of The Thirties: An Intimate History

About the Author

Victor Gregg was born in London in 1919 and joined the army in 1937, serving first in the Rifle Brigade in Palestine and North Africa, notably at the Battle of Alamein, and then with the Parachute Regiment, at the Battle of Arnhem. As a prisoner of war he survived the bombing of Dresden to be repatriated in 1946, and now lives in Winchester. The story of his adult years, Rifleman: A Front-line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall, also co-written with Rick Stroud, was published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Rick Stroud is a writer and film director. As well as working with Vic Gregg on Rifleman he is the author of The Book of the Moon and The Phantom Army of Alamein: How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel. He lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs

ISBN

9781408840511

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