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My Brother John-bookcover

By: Mike Welsh

My Brother John

Pages: 212 Ratings: 5.0
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The book is a collection of memories of childhood and adolescence, of growing up as one of a family of seven in a small South Staffordshire mining village in the 1940s and 1950s. The family home had no electricity and relied on an open fire for all cooking and heating. The book looks at different aspects of life, such as earliest memories, starting school, wartime experiences, chores and scavenging for fuel, Christmas and leisure activities, immersing the reader in a time, which, though still within living memory is a world away from the 21st century. It is very much a personal account of how a less fortunate family coped in these difficult times and is very different from the usual memoirs of these times. Its final two chapters deal with the death of the parents, when the writer and his brother become the legal guardians of their five younger siblings and can now be considered as finally out of childhood and adolescence.


The author was born a year before the outbreak of the Second World War. He was the oldest of seven children living in a small terraced house in a South Staffordshire village. After the early death of their parents, he and his brother became Legal Guardians of their younger siblings. He was the first from the village to attend university. He worked as an analytical chemist and as a lecturer in Science and Mathematics. He moved to Devon where he also taught English as a Foreign Language. Now retired, he lives with his wife in a hamlet near Totnes.

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  • Marg Thomas.

    My Brother John by Mike Welsh is an extremely thought provoking memoir of the author's journey from childhood to young adulthood. Central to his memories is the close relationship he shared with his brother John. Although their background was poor materially, the love and intellectual stimulation from their parents and extended family shines through.
    This is an amazing collection of memories which provides great insight into one family's life. It is well worth a read

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