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Brenda Bullock, brought up on a council housing estate in Sheldon, holds up a mirror to Birmingham in the 1940s and 1950s: she tells of the games played then in the streets: hopscotch, queenie, marbles, skipping, roller skating. She takes us back to school life during and after the war, to what it was like to be sick before the advent of the NHS and antibiotics; the struggle to make ends meet and find enough food to put on the table; the pawn shop, hiding from the rentman - all the experiences shared by so many children of the '40s and '50s, all illustrated by line drawings of the old Birmingham landmarks by architect, Matthew Bullock.
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After more than 30 years teaching in Further Education in Birmingham, Brenda Bullock decided to concentrate on private tuition to leave her more time for writing. After 10 years of teaching private students she retired from teaching altogether. For some time she had written freelance articles for newspapers and magazines and has recently written a weekly column in "The Birmingham Post" on education matters.

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