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Arthursdale Boy, Nidderdale Girl is a unique biography. It is a time capsule of the lives of two people without fame in a bygone age that spans a 75-year period of worldwide turmoil, catastrophe, bloodshed and sacrifice, with rapid changes of lifestyle, communication and expectation. Beginning during the Great Depression in the 1930s, it ends when death did part Arthursdale Boy from his beloved Nidderdale Girl in 2007.
This is a book of joy, blending personal recollections with historical research into the lives of lead mining and farming ancestors. It contains glimpses of Yorkshire childhood and education; military and social life in different parts of the world; of the Cold War; the Royal Tournament; Wensleydale sheep; the Foot & Mouth disease epidemic; cricket; politics; exotic cruises and so much more …
Arthursdale Boy, Nidderdale Girl is written with levels of candidness and honesty never found in celebrity biographies. It is a biography which could be a blueprint inspiration to others without fame to write their memoirs; for the benefit of their families and descendants.
Praise for the book:
“This is a delightful and remarkable memoir by Frank Pedley.” – Lord William Hague
“Frank Pedley has every right to be proud of his memoirs.” – Sir Max Hastings
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