In South London Odyssey Peter Weston described his childhood through the 1930s until the end of World War Two. In this sequel his story continues into the 1950s with more recollections of South London life. As before he paints a vivid landscape filled with the sights, traditions and characters of the early post–war years – street traders, the music hall, spivs, football at Millwall’s Den, barbers’ shops, cinema usherettes, the family Christmas, ‘Professors’ selling magic elixirs – all so common then but now either confined to the history books or changed beyond recognition. Also in this volume are Peter’s adventures beyond the confines of the Straight and Crooked Alleys – National Service, a visit to Paris on a holiday booked at his local record shop, ‘sorties’ North of the River Thames to work in Covent Garden Market and East End breweries. These recollections are brought to life in the author’s own inimitable style – great fun, wonderful nostalgia and a fascinating record of the time.
Paperback – 80 pages