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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

South End Boy

Growing up in Halifax in the tumultuous '30s and '40s

by (author) Jim Bennet

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Personal Memoirs, Cultural Heritage, General
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In this memoir Jim Bennet introduces us to Halifax of the 1930s and '40s: one full of coal smoke and rival gangs, chuffing freight trains and pine tar soap. He takes the reader along with him ''down the bank'' and off to adventures all over the city's south end and beyond, offering a glimpse of childhood where a young boy had free rein far beyond his backyard.

For Jim and his neighbours, the playground was the seashore, the tracks, the ponds and parks, the tramcars, the Commons, the Citadel, and more. Through his eyes, we see the impact caused by the Second World War on daily family life.

Jim Bennet's recall of the details of ordinary life -- seen from the perspective of a boy growing up into his teens -- and his gift for storytelling are evident in this enjoyable book. It will bring memories flooding back for some readers; for others, it offers a window into adolescence at a time when the world was rapidly changing.

About the author

JIM BENNET is a well-known writer, broadcaster and performer. He was co-host of CBC\s Singalong Jubilee and a regular on CBC TV and radio interview shows.'

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