03: Personal storiesBy Stella Cardus
QueenSpark's first book was a life story featuring an 'ordinary' person’s reminiscences. It set a precedent for future books.
Many of the early books written in the mid to late seventies were based on individual people’s memoirs. A typical example is 'A Town Beehive' written in 1975 by Daisy Noakes, shown here in "her first hat that fitted". The hat (and coat) cost £1.
Daisy started a family trend - she not only wrote her life story, and later published a sequel 'Faded Rainbow' (1980) - but husband, George Noakes, wrote about his early life in the period before he married Daisy. 'To be a Farmer's Boy' (1977) describes George's idyllic childhood in an era when children had much more freedom to roam without today’s safety worries.
By the early eighties a new direction could be detected ...
This page was amended on 13/05/2015