Published: 01/04/2013
ISBN: 9781783060955
Format: Paperback



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In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three contin... read more

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A Fishy Tail
(2nd ed)
by Barbara Spencer

Micky thinks life’s rotten and he knows! He’s the youngest in the family and can’t do anything right. His older brother calls him a miserable little worm; his sister says he should carry a health warning; and now he has to wear beastly glasses.

When the family go to live on an island surrounded by sun and blue seas, Micky is certain everything will be different. But it’s just the same; he’s still the youngest, he still can’t do anything, and his brother still thinks he’s a miserable little worm. Fed up, Micky decides to run away.

Fortunately, help is at hand when an old fisherman offers to teach Micky to swim. Although, there’s something rather curious about this particular fisherman … He wears a seaweed shawl and his boat appears to have legs.

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"I decided long ago that you can either be cowed by the absurdities of life or lampoon them."

My love affair with both life and words began in 1969, when ‘Fashion’ Magazine paid me the goodly sum of £25 to write an article about travel. Other articles followed and from these humble beginnings came children’s books, full of rib-tickling humour and scintillating action.
However, my desire to wax lyrical about the absurdity of life remained and whilst journeying by train to some far distant school or to a signing at Waterstones, I began scribbling down my thoughts. Blogs, anecdotes and short stories followed. Now, of an age to remember the past, I thought, why not? There has to be heaps of people around like me … well, not exactly like me but near enough to enjoy and remember how life once was.

Age and the Antique Sideboard will be published in August 2017.

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