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How Lucky Can You Get takes us on a walk with the author down memory lane. Taking us through their experiences of the 1930s to 1990s and beyond, this book covers the pre and post war years while focusing on Ray’s early years, family, and varied working life.
I think that this memoir is nostalgic, and is a good reflective piece for readers interested in personal accounts of history. This is a very direct account and I would have personally liked more descriptive language or imagery to really engage with the story. However, as an autobiographical account I think it flows and reads well as it is.
The author states “This true story of triumph over adversity can give hope and inspiration to many people, young and old, who are facing anxiety and hardship in these difficult times.” and I think How Lucky Can You Get is a good reminder of the different challenges faced and overcome in the past, which can be a source of encouragement to persevere. There were also a few moments throughout the book where the events of the past are compared to society now, which offers a space for reflection.
I think that How Lucky Can You Get is an interesting and detailed memoir and I think it would be enjoyed by history and non-fiction fans.
This book tells of life during a unique period of British social history.
Brought up during the great depression of the 1930s, Ray Saunders tells how he worked his way out of his impoverished ‘Dickensian' surroundings to a life filled with many opportunistic adventures.
Living in Kent in ‘bomb alley' and working on the railway during the blitz and VI rocket attacks, he later leaves to set himself up as an illegal bookmaker. His many court appearances culminated in Ray defending himself in the High Court.
His love of horses led him to a Swiss equestrian centre and thence to Spain where he bought two Andalusian stallions. He converted a barn and ran a successful stud becoming a founder member of The British Andalusian Horse Society.
Told in Ray's unique way, there are many humorous encounters, together with more poignant moments. The many characters include his grandfather ‘Dusty' who at the age of eighty and registered as blind, got a job with the local authority as the ‘lollypop man' to a nearby school!
Ray also experienced the privileges of European travel after the war, which would be much envied today. Along with his beloved wife Jill, they were among the first of the new age tourists, as they were welcomed back to a continent that was restarting its tourist industry.
Publication date: 30/06/2020
Publisher: Vanguard Press
|Publication date:||30th June 2020|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Indie Author Books,|
|Categories:||Biography: general, Biography: historical, political & military,|