Julia Powell began writing about her childhood in Chilwell and Beeston whilst attending a Creative Writing Group. She then added to these by collecting other people’s reminiscences about local life during the 1940s and 50s. These vary from the tale of a teenage boy, who drove a delivery van to supply local butchers in wartime to that of a seven year old setting off to school on her own in thick snow. There are recollections of the joys of shopping before the advent of supermarkets, the “sixpenny” rush and halcyon days at Mablethorpe, all these memories serving to illustrate just how much life has changed in the intervening years. 113pp, A4 format, illus.