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The bucket: memories of an inattentive childhood

The bucket: memories of an inattentive childhood

Ahlberg, Allan, author; Ahlberg, Jessica., illustrator

Allan Ahlberg was adopted as a baby. In 1938 he was picked up in London by his new mother and taken back to Oldbury in the Black Country. Now he is one of the most successful children's book writers in the world. In 'The Bucket' he describes an oddly enchanted childhood lived out in an industrial town during the 1940s, in conditions which today we might describe as 'deprived'. He writes of a father in overalls smelling of wood shavings and oil, of a tough and fiercely protective mother who cries when he discovers that he is adopted, of life assurance policies and fearsome bacon slicers, of half-remembered trips to his mother's sister's grave and to the bluebell woods

Hardback, Large print, Book. English.
Published Oxford: ISIS, 2015
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    740009253614 B AHL Large Print Hardback Due back 5th September

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Statement of responsibility: Allan Ahlberg ; with illustrations by Jessica Ahlberg
ISBN: 1785410962, 9781785410963
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Viking, 2013.
Physical Description: 136 pages (large print) : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Great Britain Social life and customs 1945-; Midlands (England) Social life and customs 20th century.; Authors, English 20th century Biography.; Ahlberg, Allan Childhood and youth.; Adopted children Great Britain Biography.; Biography.; Large type books.

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In 1938 Allan Ahlberg was picked up in London by his new adoptive mother and taken back to Oldbury in the Black Country. Now one of the most successful children's book writers in the world, here Allan writes of an oddly enchanted childhood lived out in an industrial town; of a tough and fiercely protective mother; of fearsome bacon slicers; of "fugitive memories, the ones that shimmer on the edges of things: trapdoors in the grass, Dad's dancing overalls". Of "two mothers, two fathers and me like a parcel or a baton (or a hot potato!) passed between them". Using a mix of prose and poetry, supported by new drawings by his daughter Jessica and old photographs, THE BUCKET brings to life the childhood that inspired Allan's classic picture books.