"Off to some la-di-dah college," said Dad. "You'll pick up bad ways from them toffs down there. I've read all about their goings-on in the Manchester Evening News."
"Leave our kid alone," said Mam. "At least one of us'll have a chance to get somewhere in this rotten old world!"
It's September 1945 and Billy Hopkins is off to London to train as a teacher, with only ten bob in his pocket. Despite his dad's warning, Billy survives two years in the Big City, and returns to take up his first teaching job in Manchester - on £300 a year! The catch is his first class, Senior Four, who bitterly resent the raising of the school leaving age, and are all set to take it out on their teacher - but luckily the kid from Collyhurst has some tricks up his sleeve. And Billy's about to fall in love with the beautiful Laura. But is she, as his dad says, "too good for the likes of us"?
Nostalgic, funny and romantic, HIGH HOPES vividly evokes northern life after the Second World War, and will keep you laughing till the very last page.
All the books have been published by World Book Club.
All the books have also been published in large print versions by:
Magna Large Print Books, North Yorkshire, BD23 4ND.
All the books have been done on audio cassettes read by:
Christopher Kay of BBC by Soundings, Kings Drive, Whitley Bay, T & W NE26 2JT.
In the case of OUR KID, a version on 14 CDs has been produced by the same company (Soundings).