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By: Norman Burslem

Family Ways

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Bernard has a problem, he's barely four-years-old and his family is a dead loss. His mother, Donna, has a certain idea of what constitutes a job and his granddad, Jack, isn't the sharpest tool in the box and keeps bad company like Lennie Stevens. On the plus side his grandma, Nora, seems to hold things together, but only just - and she can't be everywhere ...Norman Burslem's Family Ways is a witty look into the working class world of petty - and not so petty - crime and what it's like to try and make ends meet when good jobs and nice lifestyles aren't really an option. Bernard Scrivens, at four-years of age, really only has one chance, but the trouble is it will take a good deal of mistakes from his carers to make that chance a reality. Enter Lennie Stevens, career opportunities for Jack and the distant promise of Wales.


Norman Burslem was born in 1940 in an air raid shelter in Salford. He was educated mainly in North Wales. He trained as a primary school teacher in West Sussex and worked in schools for forty years in several parts of the country. He is married with one son.

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