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Coin Street Chronicles: London's Vanished Old South Bank Area - True Story Novel-logo

Coin Street Chronicles: London's Vanished Old South Bank Area - True Story Novel

Gwen Southgate

Coin Street Chronicles is a memoir that paints a picture of Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, as seen though the eyes of one for whom it was the backdrop of her childhood. The story is set in and around Coin Street, on the south bank of the River Thames. The area is now a cultural showcase known as The South Bank, but was then a gritty, Cockney-like corner of London. Stories of its colorful characters are woven throughout the narrative as they cope first with the poverty of the Depression years and then with World War II and its aftermath in the 1940s. Evacuation during the war years entails many abrupt transitions and good-byes - some sad, some glad - and much settling in to new settings that run the gamut from a remote Dorset farm to a Welsh mining town. Even after the war, the author remains a quasi-evacuee for two more years, fleeing from a difficult, violence-prone stepfather in order to continue in school. The memoir ends on the day that she heads off to university, exulting in her escape from the limiting nature of working class culture; but appalled by the wide gulf that threatens to open up between her and her feisty mother whose pluck and determination has been largely responsible for that escape. An Author's Republic audio production.

Coin Street Chronicles is a memoir that paints a picture of Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, as seen though the eyes of one for whom it was the backdrop of her childhood. The story is set in and around Coin Street, on the south bank of the River Thames. The area is now a cultural showcase known as The South Bank, but was then a gritty, Cockney-like corner of London. Stories of its colorful characters are woven throughout the narrative as they cope first with the poverty of the Depression years and then with World War II and its aftermath in the 1940s. Evacuation during the war years entails many abrupt transitions and good-byes - some sad, some glad - and much settling in to new settings that run the gamut from a remote Dorset farm to a Welsh mining town. Even after the war, the author remains a quasi-evacuee for two more years, fleeing from a difficult, violence-prone stepfather in order to continue in school. The memoir ends on the day that she heads off to university, exulting in her escape from the limiting nature of working class culture; but appalled by the wide gulf that threatens to open up between her and her feisty mother whose pluck and determination has been largely responsible for that escape. An Author's Republic audio production.
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Coin Street Chronicles is a memoir that paints a picture of Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, as seen though the eyes of one for whom it was the backdrop of her childhood. The story is set in and around Coin Street, on the south bank of the River Thames. The area is now a cultural showcase known as The South Bank, but was then a gritty, Cockney-like corner of London. Stories of its colorful characters are woven throughout the narrative as they cope first with the poverty of the Depression years and then with World War II and its aftermath in the 1940s. Evacuation during the war years entails many abrupt transitions and good-byes - some sad, some glad - and much settling in to new settings that run the gamut from a remote Dorset farm to a Welsh mining town. Even after the war, the author remains a quasi-evacuee for two more years, fleeing from a difficult, violence-prone stepfather in order to continue in school. The memoir ends on the day that she heads off to university, exulting in her escape from the limiting nature of working class culture; but appalled by the wide gulf that threatens to open up between her and her feisty mother whose pluck and determination has been largely responsible for that escape. An Author's Republic audio production.

Language:

English

Length:

18h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

43:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

45:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

43:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:08:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:01:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:07:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

59:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:25:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:22:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

48:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:30:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:18