King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars

by Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud

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King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars Synopsis

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.

King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars Press 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

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ISBN: 9781408840511
Publication date: 22/05/2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408840511
Publication date: 22nd May 2014
Author: Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs,

About Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud

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 ...

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