Lynne’s story will stir up mem­o­ries

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

SNAP­SHOT rem­i­nis­cences of grow­ing up in Ash­ford in the late 50s and 60s are re­mem­bered in Back Along the Track, just pub­lished by Troubador at £6.99.

Au­thor Lynne O’Sul­li­van sets her story against the back­drop of the thriv­ing New­town rail­works as she trav­els through the highs and lows of fam­ily life in the close-knit com­mu­nity where joy and sor­row run par­al­lel to the nearby rail­way tracks.

School­days in Willes­bor­ough and New­town are re­vis­ited with in­no­cence and charm and tragedy strikes her fam­ily when sis­ter Mau­reen gets po­lio.

For her for­mer box­ing cham­pion fa­ther Bill, life be­comes harder than any ring fight while her mother holds the fam­ily to­gether with love.

Chil­dren’s Days

Told in a sim­ple style many Ash­for­dians will recog­nise ref­er­ences to fa­mil­iar places and events of those by­gone days.

She re­calls the ex­cite­ment of the an­nual Chil­dren’s Days at Christ­mas with stars like Rolf Har­ris in Ash­ford, and sim­ple thrills of wait­ing for hot pies at the shop in New Rents or the fish and chips at Han­sons in New Street.

Anec­dotes are ac­com­pa­nied by the au­thor’s own il­lus­tra­tions.

Now liv­ing in Peter­bor­ough she works as a per­sonal as­sis­tant and writes and stud­ies art in her spare time.

Writ­ing has been part of her life since she won a box of paints for writ­ing a story for Bunty mag­a­zine when she was 10.

Lynne O’Sul­li­van

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