Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire History & Archaeology
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Book - Book describes life on breadline (Sheffield)
A RETIRED housewife has found herself
the cover star of a new book which details her family’s austere existence
in 1950s Sheffield.
Patricia Eales, aged 70, is featured on
the front of her brother Michael Glover’s memoir Headlong Into
Pennilessness, in which he writes about their early life in a terrace house in
Patricia - just seven years old at the
time - is pictured at Michael’s christening more than five decades ago.
Michael grew up without a father in a
poor, two-bedroomed house on Coningsby Road, sharing the tiny house with five
Despite his deprived upbringing he has
fond memories of the house - but Patricia said she doesn’t share her
“I couldn’t wait to leave
that house - it was tiny, damp and horrible,” she said.
“Wild horses wouldn’t drag
me back to an existence that was ruled by the make-do-and-mend attitude of the
time, nightly arguments about money and the freezing cold outside
Patricia moved to a semi-detached house
in Holymoorside, Chesterfield, in the early 1970s, where she still lives today.
Her brother went on to gain a degree at
Cambridge University and worked as editor for publishing house Mirror Books, as
well as an art critic for The Independent newspaper.
Patricia said Michael never knew his
dad, and that she didn’t meet him until she was four years old after the
Second World War.
“He appeared in all his khaki army
gear with a huge handlebar moustache,” she said.
“He was nearly black from years
under the hot sun in Burma. My mother fainted.
“The man that came home in 1945
was very different from the one that left in 1939, according to my mother.
“Their marriage was one of the
many casualties of the war.”
Headlong Into Pennilessness is published
by ACM Retro and available in The Star shop on York Street, Sheffield, priced
£9.95. It is currently being serialised in The Star’s Retro supplement on
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Pat returns to give a talk on the life of one of Britain’s most renown monarchs. The talk will delve into the early years of Victoria’s life explaining how she became Queen. The talk will also delves into Victoria’s relationship with Prince Albert and how she interacted with the other European monarchies.
The talk starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th February at the Innings Public House, Gloucester Road, Prospect, Worksop S81 0RS. Entry is only £3 and there will be a bar on. There is also a large free car park outside.