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Top of the Sixties
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Top of the Sixties (Paperback)

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The fourteen stories in Top of the Sixties celebrate a delightful world with the firm belief in progress, new youth culture and boundless optimism that define the 1960s. David Ayres has a unique way of describing the lives of ordinary people, full of humour and empathy. His stories often contain an underlying hint of sensuality. Through a colourful parade of characters we are shown what matters in life. Take, for example, fifteen-year-old Keith, who is working on Mr Davies' van, the grumpy yet good-hearted fruit and veg man, or Alastair, who is trying to find his feet in his first teaching job at a local comprehensive school. The quest for love, by the young and not so young, is masterfully woven into these tales by an experienced storyteller. David Ayres has caught the mood of an era wonderfully, and although change is in the air, he also cleverly shows that certain things remain the same. The stories will generate a smile of recognition on the faces of readers who remember the 1960s. Yet readers of any age will recognise the universal emotions they convey, such as the painful self-consciousness only teenagers can feel or the appearance of love at any age.

This collection really puts its finger on what makes people tick. Each story can be read on its own, but together they paint a vivid picture of life in a small, tightly-knit working-class town in the Midlands during the 1960s.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Holland Park Press Publication Date: 30/09/2011 ISBN-13: 9781907320095  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Ayres was a language teacher for many years and held several Head of Languages posts at secondary schools in the West Midlands, before turning his attention to special needs education. He began writing poetry and short stories at an early age and won an award for English literature at school when he was just seventeen. David's work has been published regularly in magazines and anthologies and writing is still his passion in life. Although he has retired from the day job he continues writing because, as he tells people, he can't help it. His main reason for writing has always been in order to be read. David is currently living in Lichfield in Staffordshire.

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