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The Pearly Prince of St Pancras

The Pearly Prince of St Pancras

Dole, Alf; Hudson, Jeff, author

Pearly Kings and Queens are one of the quintessential icons of 'old London', originally invented to imitate and parody wealthy West End society but also to raise money for charities and good causes. Alf Dole lived his life in this tradition and was the grandson of the very first Pearly King of St Pancras. Born in 1930, Alf grew up in a close-knit family of costermongers - fruit and veg sellers - and his heartwarming memoir recounts London life in the city in a time of horses and trams, pubs where sing-alongs around the piano happened every weekend and summers were spent hop-picking in Kent. This book tells his story

Paperback, Large print, Book. English.
Large print
Published Leicester: Ulverscroft, 2016
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  • Shipley – One available in Biography 942.1

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    192319050 Biography 942.1 Adult Non-Fiction Available


Statement of responsibility: Alf Dole & Jeff Hudson
ISBN: 1444829750, 9781444829754
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Physical Description: 372 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm.
Subject: Dole, Alf, 1930-; London (England) Social life and customs 20th century.; Street-food vendors England London Biography.; Biography.; Large type books.