About The Book
The Princess of Felling describes Elaine’s childhood and adolescence growing up on Tyneside in the 1970s and 1980s. The book pays homage to her home town of Felling on Tyne and is an extended, loving letter to her late parents. This illustrated poetic memoir features a Foreword by Michael Chaplin, photographs of Felling taken in summer 2018 by Rossena Petcova and unique maps by poet and artist Steve Lancaster.
The book contains reminiscences by Felling folk plus guest appearances by Nick Heyward, David Almond, Tracey Thorn, Sir Kingsley Amis, The Reverend Richard Coles, Lady Elsie Robson, U.A. Fanthorpe, Gyles Brandreth and more.
With thanks to the author for the copy received. The Princess of Felling was a book that initially interested me for two reasons. One was that it was completely different to everything else I usually read and secondly, like the author and poet, I was a teenager in the 1980s and grew up in a Northern town. Albeit in the North West and not the North East.
I found it a lovely book to read and the photos of the authors family and the local area added to my enjoyment. The devotion to Mam, Dad and Nan was evident throughout and much I could identify with. Especially with Dad and his attitude to her choice in music. Some of this music I enjoyed, some I didn’t and some I had completely forgotten about.
There were other parts of the book that brought back memories. Twinkle, being scared of Dr Who and the way Northern town life has changed over the years, how many businesses have gone and how many people moved away.
A lovely book that I’m sure I will read time and time again.
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