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LEO WALMSLEY was born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, in 1892, and was brought up in Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast — the 'Bramblewick' of several of his novels. After serving with distinction in the Royal Flying Corps in the Great War, where he was awarded the Military Cross, he determined to become a writer, beginning with boys' adventure stories.
He lived for a while in London before returning to Robin Hood's Bay in the late 1920s, then settled in Fowey, Cornwall and wrote Three Fevers (1932), the first of his 'Bramblewick' novels, followed by Phantom Lobster, Foreigners, and Sally Lunn.
In addition to over twenty books, he wrote 200 or so short stories and articles prior to his death in 1966.
on Oct. 02, 2014 :
Well presented, enjoyable read.
This is a very well presented new edition of this classic from Leo Walmsley. The text size for the first paragraph appears larger than the rest of the page and this same format continued for the start of each chapter making it look very neat and unified, that extra little touch which adds to it. It starts with a foreword from his surviving wife. First impressions were of a good opening then it seemed a bit rambling for me-difficulty keeping my attention at first. I wanted to get to the story. It was quite wordy at first, some very long sentences. Then it gets to the story, mentions the rivalry between the Fosdycks and the Lunns. I liked it much better now-there was more home and family stuff, cosy reading. A lovely nostalgic read. I was wondering how things would develop for Tom and Sally. Chloroform-did they have this for births? Interesting. I enjoyed this and really got a flow on chapters such as this. Sally thinks that Tom is in love with her brother Marney's wife, Amy. It's quite comical and makes you laugh where Marney is talking about feeling bad/getting headache in sympathy when Amy is giving birth. Good detail. I really enjoyed these 'family chapters'-a good picture depicting the living conditions at the time, the homely feel to it at Amy and Marney's house, sewing, knitting etc. There was then quite a long chapter which I liked less-it was all set in the boat-it was hard keeping my interest, but then it did go back to family dramas and really flowed again. I love the language eg. 'flit' for moving house-this just makes me feel at home as I'm from Yorkshire. I read a lot of memoirs about people emigrating eg to Spain/Italy so this is like 'coming home' and reminds me of the charm of the area and why I'm still content to live here. This is a book of two halves. A little too much of the boats and fishing for me, (I think this may appeal more to men) then some lovely family scenes. It was the family cameos and possible affair/love story I was wanting to read more about. Very clean and tidy presentation in this new edition. I enjoyed the scene where Sally visits her mum in hospital where mum thinks no-one can be looking after things as well as she can and she starts to criticize Amy's new-fangled ways of bringing up her and Marney's baby. What an exciting and suspenseful chapter near the end, enjoyed this. Nostalgia, the choice of words, not really used now eg. perambulator, the Yorkshire accent coming through the writing, it's really quite charming.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)