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eBook Going Places ePub

by Billy Hopkins

  • ISBN: 0755343212
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Billy Hopkins
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (2001)
  • Pages: 528
  • ePub book: 1613 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1930 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 907


Billy Hopkins' Going Places is a fictionalised autobiography of family life in 1950s Manchester and Kenya. Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews and Nadine Dorries

Billy Hopkins' Going Places is a fictionalised autobiography of family life in 1950s Manchester and Kenya. Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews and Nadine Dorries. Going Places is the story of a family dealing with their dreams, new challenges and heartaches, and is sure to capture the imagination of all readers' - Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

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It's December 1963 when Billy Hopkins and his wife, Laura, arrive home after five years in Africa

It's December 1963 when Billy Hopkins and his wife, Laura, arrive home after five years in Africa. The world they left behind has changed beyond recognition: now, it's the swinging 60s. But Billy's less concerned about the impact of modern society on his family than about the welfare of his increasingly forgetful father and about the daily (and sometimes exquisitely humorous) challenges he faces as a college lecturer.

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Anything Goes is an evocative tale of life in the 1960s for one Manchester family. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Dilly Court. It's December 1963 when Billy Hopkins and his wife Laura arrive home in Manchester after five years in Africa. The world has changed beyond recognition: it's the swinging sixties, with headlines full of the Beatles and the pill, LSD and miniskirts

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It's 1950, and when Laura and Billy Hopkins return to Manchester from their honeymoon, they're in seventh heaven despite the austerity that has been going on since World War II. But the euphoria gradually evaporates and they settle into a penny-pinching existence on Billy's teaching salary, as babies and bills appear with alarming regularity. When Billy spots an advertisement for Education Officers in Kenya, it sounds like the answer to all their prayers, despite worries about the Mau Mau rebellion and the omnipresence of dangerous creatures. After much family debate, Laura, Billy and the junior Hopkins set off to Nairobi on a BOAC Argonaut and start on the biggest adventure of their lives.


Elizabeth Elizabeth
Start with Kates story and read your way through the Billy Hopkins series. It is an amazing series and won't disapoint I am sure
Rare Rare
Thank you for finding this book. I have read all the others in the series but unable to find this one in our Library.
Very enjoyable. Will donate it to our Library.
Reemiel Reemiel
Excellent, thank you
Ricep Ricep
True story set in the 1950's based on Billy's own experiences firstly as a newlywed to Laura, working hard while struggling to get his degree, then of the family's later emigration to Kenya.

I found the jolly sing-song writing style off-putting and characters emotions were not fully conveyed. It would have made for a very interesting read if it hadn't been written in such a 2 dimensional fashion. Certain parts seemed to move too quickly, merrily glossing over what people would have been feeling and thinking at the time.

Overall, a forgettable read, due to lack of depth.

Sorry but this one wasn't for me!
Cordabor Cordabor
`Up on the Roof', where Ben E. King and The Drifters reputedly head `when this old world' starts getting them down, never was going to be an option for householders like myself, possessed of apex roofs designed to fend off Jupiter Pluvius and mortgagee in equal proportion. But, as luck would have it, Billy Hopkins' books (there are now five in the series, including ANYTHING GOES, his latest) have proved to be much more accessible over the years. And unlike the aforementioned rooftop, GOING PLACES in particular is an adventure in time (early 1950s Britain, with newly-weds Billy and Laura setting up home together) as well as space (a whole different world of space in East Africa where, with a couple of kids now in tow, the enterprising couple are seeking further professional opportunity).

Escapees (from this old world that's getting them down, that is) will find GOING PLACES is effectively split into two parts in this respect. The first section of the book deals with the joys and vicissitudes of family life in mid-twentieth-century Manchester - as readers have perhaps come to expect after reading Billy Hopkins previous three books in the series - whilst the latter part of the story tells of the young family's exotic life experience in faraway Kenya as the country celebrates incipient nationhood in the aftermath of the Mau Mau emergency.

This quite startling locational juxtaposition in the narrative makes for a really lively and refreshing read, where the Kenyan section of GOING PLACES proves to be a world of fresh wonder, particularly when contrasted with the dour austerity of the Land Fit for Heroes the Hopkins' family has left behind.

But how wonderful it is too to step aboard Dr Hopkins' Time Machine once again to be whisked away to a more innocent time in our lives, where the bleak midwinter provides us with ration books, utility marks, and queues for coal bricks - but with warmth and comfort too in a land where (to paraphrase Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers) `lovers await their wedding day', and - on a more sombre note - qualifications for, experience in, and ability to do a job of work are still a much more effective guarantee of advancement within one's chosen career than the whimsy and diktat of contemporaneous political correctness.

A word of warning though!

Once he's whisked you away with him in his Time Machine, Dr Hopkins will insist on operating without anaesthetic. And he's qualified to tackle your tear ducts as well as your "chuckle muscles", whilst just occasionally you'll find he's opted to implant a lump in your throat.

No you may NOT have a pre-Med! Unless by that you mean a stopover in Rome!
Marilbine Marilbine
Great follow up to his other books to show how he overcame the hardships he endured growing up w/o a father but triumphed in the end.