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Think I Know What I Ll Be Getting For Many I know what I ll be getting for many and Birthdays to come The only reason I idn t give it stars was because of the length Staples chooses to The Last True Explorer describe every littleetail which can be a tad tiring at times I think that this book could have benefited from a little editing It would have been 100 pages less and benefited from stars That being said I enjoyed it and will efinitely buy the next book in the seriesA surprising read that *Reminded Not To Judge *me to judge book by its cover Down Lambeth Way is the first book in a 29 book series of the Adams saga The covers in the series look YA but they re really not By that I on t mean to say they re neccesarily inappropriate but it Location, Location, Damnation (The Brackenford Cycle depends on the age of the reader some subject matter may be a little mature or intense for very young readers I ll explain in the content section belowI think first books in a series are very much like pilot episodes on TV Some time is by neccesity taken up in the introduction of characters setting the scenes the backgrounds the personalities etc For the first 80 100 pages you might just assume its a cheeky cockney YA story with lots of playful characters but not much substance But its so much Just give it timeIn this series we start with a cockney family fatherless since the Boer war a mother who makesue with the help of Uncle the pawn broker and her enterprising children When the story begins the children are uite young the oldest being 14 or 15 but over the course of the book about five years elapse and everyone is forced to grow upThe first serious thing well aside from getting head lice that the family experiences is a murder in the neighborhood and their good friend and neighbor is being tried There is a court trial with several characters being cross examinedAround the same time war is Thrones, Dominations declared and we experience the reality of life on the front as well as its aftermathBetween that there is love courtship marriage political intrigue and plenty of tea and cockney humorI always love Mary Jane Staples books aka Robert Tyler Stevens he manages to combine just the right amount of serious subject matter with humor and action to keep me engrossed page after page and leaving me with a warm fuzzy feeling Ion t understand why his books never really made it in the US but I m happy they can still be found through online sitesCONTENTSEX Fade to black mentioned frankly but not explicitly view spoiler for example one character is taught the mysteries by a female ambulance river on the front There is also freuent mention of underclothing and particularly breasts being either firm pouty perky overflowing soft as pillows nipples showing through as well as one touch and some cheeky innuendo hide spoile. All respectableThere was Mrs Adams a widow having lost her husband in the Boer War; Boots the bright one; Tommy the uiet one; Sammy a wheeler ealer in the making; and Lizzy Lizzy was a real pearl one of the prettiest girls in WalworthThen Lizzy falls in love it is 1914 War is coming and everyone is going to be affected Will the Adams family gutsy tough and cheeky pull throughDown Lambeth Way is the first in Mary Jane Staples's Adams Family series Their story continues in Our Emily. .
An enjoyable read which is at times uite comic but also an informative social history of cockney life and times of an ordinary everyday family A good old fashioned cockney family making the most of the little they have in 1912Another
Great Read I Ve Read This Beforeread I ve read this before enjoyed it couldn t love the Adams family Read it again as a bedtime book so I idn t keep myself awake trying to find out what happens Very enjoyable story set in an English village uring the war This is about a family and their neighbors the ups and Jace's Pet downs laughter and sadness I will continue reading the stories now that I have started I first read the Adams family books years ago Having a sort out of books for the charity shop I came across them andecided to read them again before passing them on They are an easy read especially if you ve read them before and The Mistake (Off-Campus, do pass on info about lifeuring the first war and the times of hardship after Enjoyable if you like family sagas I ve read nearly all of these books so I m reviewing them as oneThe books in uestion are a large collection of stories about Walworth cockneys spanning the early 1900s to the 1950s mainly surrounding the Adams family Mary Jane Staples is actually a pseudonym for a man called Reginald Thomas Staples 1911 2005 He lived in Walworth Piraten! during the times he writes about and a lot of the writingoes seem a little rose tinted I mean this was Walworth uring and between the wars It can t have been prettyThe first couple of book are actually uite good if you like a bit of a light read The characters start off interesting and complex the First World War breaks out and there are a fair few Moiders and other grisly happenings However as they progress the author clearly gave up He just churns out the same ialogue pattern again and again Basically something boring will happen and you get to see the entire family all react in The Complete Guide To Surfing Your Best different places and inifferent ways Helene who is French will go Ooh la la Bobby Ma Cherie this is crazy but not as crazy as you I shit you not Chinese Lady will go Oh I From Tree Dwellings To New Towns don t know Edwin about all these changes Would you like a nice pot of tea The list goes on Honestly he uses up about two thirds of the books towards the end just going through it It reminds me of crap sitcoms that just trot out catch phrases and old jokes that were popular in a now long ago episodeThe overuse of two word sentences to end a scene Because these Adams folk are jolly lively folk Sammy winked Suzie smiled Paula giggled Boots smiled Eyes rolled Honestly it happens constantly Ion t know if the author was trying to give the impression of stage irections to have the connotation of watching a lively omestic scene but it Didn t work It s lame Stop itThe women are pathetic They on. The beginning of a wonderful saga telling the story of a Cockney family in peace and war from multi million copy seller Mary Jane Staples Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale Maggie Ford and Katie Flynn PRAISE FOR THE ADAMS FAMILY SERIES Mary Jane Staples makes you care about her characters which explains why her books have enjoyed so much popularity Take a BreakForget Eastenders this it the London of old when people knew each other's names and communities really pulled together Woman's. .
Ly live to serve They are weird if they A Streetcar Named Desire. By Nicola Onyett (Philip Allan Literature Guide don t get married and have babies There were a handful of women who started out feisty purely as a plotevice Polly the flapper she got married off and impregnated Lulu the politician she was portrayed negatively the whole time she had a political career and supported feminism She was of course married off and impregnated Once she had children she calmed own and became a proper woman also
for some reason in these books troublesome women are conveyed through harsh haircuts When they accept servitude their hair is suddenlysome reason in these books troublesome women are conveyed through harsh haircuts When they accept servitude their hair is suddenly as longer and softer and the language because so much pleasant Emily who only has one child no and small boobs the horror wants a career AFTER she is married crazy bitch It s OK though she gets killed by a bomb Not a moment too soonHowever one thing that is consistently good is the way food is escribed It makes me hungry a lot Similar to Mallory Towers books I end up craving things that are just not in my regular life Like jam sponges and custard Or treacle tart Or winkles I The Women Of Apollo don t even know what winkles are I read rather a lot in this series many years ago I enjoyed the first first four or five but only continued reading the later books because I become attached to a few of the characters and wanted to see what happened to them After a few books the continual attempts at Cockney chat and humour began to get on my nerves as id the upper class conversations It sounded a bit too over the top and almost stilted in a weird way I started becoming irritated by the same old banter especially when romance was in first of the adams family saga Lovely books about cockney life throught the years This book was bought for me by Mum as a Christmas present When I opened it I can t say I was thrilled at the prospect of reading it However she used to read this series when she was younger so her buying it for me held some sentimentality For this reason I thought I give it a goI have to say that I uite enjoyed it Now it s not going to be the best book I ever read but with it being a series I might actually buy and read the next oneIt s a sweetly innocent family saga set Lolo during the period of World War One It centres around the Adams family not the gothic one with the catchy theme tune and their experience of living through London in the wartime The characters were likeable and I have a bit of a soft spot for the wild terror that is Emily They had to endure some serious issues and post war injuries that made the family really endearing I wasefinitely rooting for them to pull through the tragedies that they faced And pull through they id This is a sweet tale of youth innocence and family actually
Made Me Feel Nice Afterwards Ime feel uite nice afterwards I my mum that I enjoye. RealmMary Jane Staples completely capture the feel of the period and the essence of the peoplehas warmth humour and charm An ideal book for you holiday reading Finesse I get so engrossed in the stories I feel like one of the family Reader review The story of the Adams family is just wonderful I can't put this book own You feel part of the family as you read all about them Reader reviewON THE EVE OF WAR CAN SHE AND HER FAMILY PULL THROUGHThe Adams family were poor cheerful and above.