'Shandy on Sunday' had a book launch at the local library at the end of November 2017. Featured guest on BBC Radio Berkshire interviewed by Bill Buckley 5th February 2018. Great feedback so far includes many comments of 'loved your book','couldn't put it down', 'it's a history lesson', 'lovely book which brought back many memories', 'brilliant book','you must have done a lot of research', 'some of your memories are my memories', 'I truly loved your book and hope to visit some of the places' - the last comment from Florida!
The title reminded me of my childhood days, it was fascinating to take a trip down memory lane. Almost like flicking through an old photo album, I remembered trips out with my grandparents, the clothes I wore in the fifties, school days and felt a sense of nostalgia. I enjoyed the historical context and the way the author mentioned important events both in Britain and the world. Although I am not a northerner, I have visited Harrogate and the surrounding area and found the book was informative and interesting. A great read by a very talented author.
by Julia Eversham
I loved this book, it reminded me so much of my own childhood in North Yorkshire - so many of the little thIngs that I had forgotten from all those years ago. How times have changed! Christine brings in humour, but also sadness into her book.
by Ruth S
A good read for anyone who grew up in Yorkshire in the 50's and 60's. Lots of nostalgia - and some pathos too.
by Margaret Beech
An excellent read; The author brings the sixties back to life, and some wonderful anecdotes.
One of those books that you don't want to end.
by Len Barley
Firstly, Christine is my cousin. That having been said I was amazed at the research see has done to craft this brilliant book.
I learned so much about my own family, mainly I left Harrogate at two and a half years of age and my knowledge of the Town was limited to the annual visit to see Granny Hodgson.
I could see the passion behind the words and the intimate history of her growing up into a fine wife mother, grandmother and cousin.
Thanks Christine for introducing me to the Brooke Brother, “I ain’t gonna-wash for a week” (1961).
by John Hodgson
Although I grew up in Glasgow and not Yorkshire this book brought back so many memories!
So many things were just the same.
The historical content was so well researched and fascinating It must have taken hours and hours.
A really good read - funny,sad,informative and intriguing.
by Anne Ferrier
So enjoyed this book- coming from Harrogate and growing up in the same area as the author (and attending the same grammar school) it really resonated with me. Interesting bits of history from the local area linked to the author tracing her family and national and world events too which occurred during the 40s, 50s and 60s. I would recommend this book to anyone who grew up during these decades.
by Christine Toulson
A really enjoyable read and highly recommended. Brings to life what living in Harrogate through the decades was like. Touching personal events both happy and sad shows Christines talent for mixing autobiographical and social history together. As a former Civil Servant myself I loved the stories from the old National Savings Office in Harrogate.
by Steve Fletcher
Well-researched and well-written: this is a lovely family story, set against the backdrop of major world events. Christine has brought her family members to life: I feel that I know them, foibles and all, including Granny's perfume! I'm a similar age to Christine (maybe slightly older!) and her book brought back memories of my own childhood. A very entertaining piece of social history.
Harrogate born and bred, Christine was educated at Harrogate Grammar School before becoming a Civil Servant in her early career. Retirement gave her more time to pursue her hobbies of writing, painting, family history and exercise among other pastimes. What fun!