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It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s By Lisa Blower – A Review

A great review from Bookish Chat ( my mum still says, it’s dark o’er bills mothers – you have to say it in a Yorkshire accent though!)

Bookish Chat

Publisher: Myriad

Publication Date: 18th April 2019

When my good bookish pal Clare from Years Of Reading Selfishly brought this short story collection to my attention it made me feel quite emotional.

My lovely Dad who is no longer with us used to say ‘It’s gone dark over Dick’s mothers’ whenever the sky looked gloomy. He was called Bill….

Apparently the phrase is one that developed in the Stoke potteries area, often uttered by the working classes. Which was another huge draw for me to this book. The stories are all told by the northern working classes, many of which are matriarchal voices. I ADORE this!

The very first story ‘Barmouth’ tells of a working class family’s road trip to their annual caravan holiday. Within the first 3 pages I had read things which sparked memories of my own childhood holidays. It was like a warm comforting blanket despite the…

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