A Load of Old Tripe

James Joseph Johnson (Jimmy) is eleven years old, born just after the war in 1946. He lives with his mum and dad in a shiny red-brick terrace house with a greasy grey slate roof in Rotherton, South Yorkshire. The steel works are nearby, and bits of soot land on everything like black snowflakes, but Jimmy wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Gervase Phinn writes with warmth and humour about Jimmy's life in the lead up to his eleven-plus exam.