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Norman Nicholson O.B.E.
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ISBN 9780571243273 Format Paperback
Published 17/07/2008 Length 202 pages

About Book

In this autobiography Norman Nicholson vividly recaptures long-past times and places and demonstrates their compelling influence on the whole of his life.

He details with loving precision a picture of small-town life in Cumberland in the first three decades of the century, of close-knit family and fiercely independent shopkeepers; he tells of his ancestors, his family, his neighbours, friends and teachers, and enriches his story with anecdotes, impressions and memories - of his triumph as a 'reciter' at local functions and his failures as a cricketer; of the vigorous social life of the Church, and of Methodism in particular, which brought a warmth and brightness even into the dark days of the Depression.

Later, in a TB sanitorium in Hampshire, Norman Nicholson found himself in a pre-war rural Arcadia, surrounded by people very different from his neighbours at home. The effect on him was startling and disturbing, and when, two years later, he returned to Millom, it was with reluctance and trepidation - though nonetheless with the words, 'I thank God for a lifetime spent in that same town'.

  • About Norman Nicholson O.B.E.

    Norman Nicholson was born in Millom, Cumbria, in 1914 and lived there, with a single interruption, for the rest of his life. He was award the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1977, and the OBE in 1981. He died in 1987. His Collected Poems appeared in 1994.

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