This is a truly outstanding novel based on real events, real characters and an intimate knowledge of Manchester and its history.
The country has come a long way in the century since rampant deprivation, tragedy and personal struggles so graphically described by the author, Billy Hopkins.
His engaging writing style makes this and indeed his other novels so captivating. Here we have a wonderful opportunity to learn about the social history of poverty, courage and personal vision set, as they clearly were, against the immense wealth of late Victorian and early twentieth century Britain.
“Tommy’s World” is an important addition to the reading list of anyone with an interest in the origins and background of the era that included welfare reform, social fairness and equality of opportunity that we take now for granted. Inheritance of resources and assumed privilege are still with us but the brave soul of “Tommy’s World” challenged and changed the agenda forever.
This is a splendid novel of a rise from the slums of northern city thanks to courage and vision of “Tommy and his World”.
Be sure to read and enjoy!
Brian McGuinness, MD
President, Society of Medical Writers
12th November, 2009
CHRISTMAS PRESENT? … GIVE CHRISTMAS PAST
COURTESY OF TOMMY’S WORLD by BILLY HOPKINS
ISBN 9780755359585, pub. 12 November 2009