Up The Lamb (Second Hand)


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Up The Lamb is the story of young John Ackerman’s growing up in Maesteg during the depression and the war years.  The son of a butcher – and therefore the family were ‘trade’ – John escaped the worst of the poverty while being acutely aware of it in the lives of his schoolmates.

The young John was also part of a family of independent spirit, typified by his matriarchal grandmother Florence, a woman of strong left-wing beliefs, who ran an unofficial “salon” in “The Lamb”, the local pub.  She and her daughters are among the many strong characters who people Ackerman’s memoir.

Up The Lamb beautifully interweaves the story of growing up with the life of a resilient community.  Ackerman has an eye for telling detail, and his descriptions of childhood rivalries and the lives of women in a society of miners are instantly recognisable.  His book is a valuable addition to – and extension of – the history of the south Wales coalfield.

Seren, 1998.  Hardback, 125 pages.  Black and white.  Dustcover shows some wear and tear, but book itself is in very good – near mint condition.

Please note, this book is second hand.

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Weight 0.295 kg


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