Troubador Running From the Spills

Released: 30/06/2012

ISBN: 9781780881454

Format: Paperback

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Running From the Spills

A Manchester Childhood

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Running From the Spills is a novel based on personal experience and captures a time when boys and girls were free to explore their own environment and take risks with their play – a type of childhood that most children will not experience in these days of structure, health & safety and risk assessment. The themes underpinning this story are the conflicts between childhood and adulthood, freedom and captivity as well as adventure and risk.

It is set in the South Manchester suburbs in the mid 1960s at the time of the Brady/Hindley murder trial, the infamous ‘Moors Murders’. The plot centres around the main character, a 12-year-old boy called Michael who narrates a year of his life – a year when his father leaves, his mother becomes ill and he comes to rely more and more on his older brother’s secondhand stories and his own adventures with his small gang in a rapidly changing landscape.

The outside world influences directly and indirectly on the storyline, not least in the impact that the disappearance of the victims and their eventual discovery buried on the moors has on the community. These events run concurrently with Michael’s narrative, and are interwoven with his own adventures and conflicts. The combination of all this and will come to significantly affect his actions and those of the other main characters.

Running From the Spills by Andrew Barton is partly a memoir, inspired by his childhood in South Manchester. It will appeal to readers aged 14-70, particularly to those who remember less health and safety-conscious times. Andrew is inspired by a number of books, including Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, and a number of authors, including Talbot Baines Reed.

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Great book - good holiday reading - memories of childhood a real feel good factor. Beautifully written showing the struggle with good and bad on all levels from Hindley and Brady to Michael struggling with exposure to bullying - very funny in places and incredibly moving as well. Excellent read for all - older people for nostalgia younger readers to experience the ups and downs of childhood in the 60's. Recommended!!

by Lyndsey


Andrew Barton

I am 55 years of age and live and work in the city of Salisbury.

I spent a large part of my childhood in Manchester where the book is set, worked in London for twenty years and travelled extensively abroad. My career path is unconventional, more a wide variety of work placements rather than an actual career,but at present I am working as a "Parenting Practitioner" in Wiltshire giving advice to parents whose children show challenging behaviours. I am married with three teenage children.

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