Review: Out of Grimsby by Alf May

Written on Sunday 10th August 2008

The author, Alf May born in 1909, is the third generation covered by this fascinating family tale. Though much of the story is about his father, the book begins with the tragic death of his grandfather at sea aboard a trawler in 1882 and concludes with Alf (the third) beginning his married life in 1932.This book gives a vivid picture of life as it was between 1882 and 1932 for a trawler family, describing the tremendous difficulties faced from, large families, the cruelty of the sea and the struggles for many during the war years (1914-1918) to the hardships of the great depression in the 1930s.It creates wonderful images of the fun and mischief children found in simple things as well as the hardship faced tirelessly by adults with little money and large families to support. The responsibilities adults shouldered and how children from the age of 14 had to share this.Though the text is not illustrated you finish the story with a sense of really knowing the May family well and find you have your own pictures of the individuals well depicted.


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