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The Road Back Home - A Northern Childhood

Sid Waddell

'I had not lived in the former pit village of Lynemouth since 1961 but the winding road north from Newcastle will always be the same nostalgic highway, each twist charged with vivid memories and powerful emotions...' So begins a story full of wonderful humour, emotional candour and hardy tales of tough times - a quietly epic family saga set amid the pit villages of the North East . It stretches from the 1920s, before Sid's parents had even met, to the final closing of the mine and his mother's death in 1999. Sid paints a picture of a colourful, tight knit community full of good times and hard work, god-fearing women and hard-drinking men. Always dominating the skyline is Auld Betty, the pit head that took the men away each day and, with a prayer, brought them back each evening. Amongst the unforgettable cast of his extended family and friends, we follow the Waddells' attempts to stay afloat and provide a better future and possible escape for youngsters like Sid.

'I had not lived in the former pit village of Lynemouth since 1961 but the winding road north from Newcastle will always be the same nostalgic highway, each twist charged with vivid memories and powerful emotions...' So begins a story full of wonderful humour, emotional candour and hardy tales of tough times - a quietly epic family saga set amid the pit villages of the North East . It stretches from the 1920s, before Sid's parents had even met, to the final closing of the mine and his mother's death in 1999. Sid paints a picture of a colourful, tight knit community full of good times and hard work, god-fearing women and hard-drinking men. Always dominating the skyline is Auld Betty, the pit head that took the men away each day and, with a prayer, brought them back each evening. Amongst the unforgettable cast of his extended family and friends, we follow the Waddells' attempts to stay afloat and provide a better future and possible escape for youngsters like Sid.
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'I had not lived in the former pit village of Lynemouth since 1961 but the winding road north from Newcastle will always be the same nostalgic highway, each twist charged with vivid memories and powerful emotions...' So begins a story full of wonderful humour, emotional candour and hardy tales of tough times - a quietly epic family saga set amid the pit villages of the North East . It stretches from the 1920s, before Sid's parents had even met, to the final closing of the mine and his mother's death in 1999. Sid paints a picture of a colourful, tight knit community full of good times and hard work, god-fearing women and hard-drinking men. Always dominating the skyline is Auld Betty, the pit head that took the men away each day and, with a prayer, brought them back each evening. Amongst the unforgettable cast of his extended family and friends, we follow the Waddells' attempts to stay afloat and provide a better future and possible escape for youngsters like Sid.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gordon Griffin

Length:

12h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:28