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Book Review & Blog Tour: Becoming Alfie by Neil Patterson

I liked the sound of this book when it was kindly offered to me to review by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, I love reading about how life was in London, before I was born, and especially since reading Minnie’s Orphans (click for the review), have I been so intrigued by the problems faced by working class Londoners in comparison to today.

The exciting thing about this book is that it is the first in a 4-part book series, so I feel extra lucky to be able to read the first one so soon after the publication date – September 2020.

Here is the Synopsis…

Becoming Alfie

Alfie Norrington was born into poverty in London’s East End in the first minute of the twentieth century. His life was a battle. From the Brick Lane markets where young Alfie pilfered and pickpocketed, to the trenches of Flanders, Alfie fought every step of the way.

Almost killed by a trench bomb he battled to recover and while in a military hospital Alfie made a promise that dramatically change’s his life. A true East End hero, Alfie begins his journey away from poverty armed with a robust moral compass and an open heart.

Becoming Alfie is the first in the Alfie Norrington series. It follows the life of a man who positively influenced thousands of people. The world needs more individuals like Alfie Norrington, that give much more than they take.

My Thoughts

Wow! I thought I’d had a hard life, being born into a working class family but the poverty that Alfie and his family endured was definitely on another level!

This story was intriguing from the beginning and I loved the use of cockney rhyming words & slang throughout – such as, “Joanna” (aka Piano) and words like “gaff” (house).

The characters are well developed and felt real, as if I knew them personally, I didn’t particularly like Alfie’s dad, but his mum is amazing, like most mothers, try their best to make something out of nothing to provide for their offspring.

We follow Alfie through the challenges of normal life, growing up in poverty and also his time in the army during the first world war, it was refreshing to see the psychological side-effects of the war be a feature and not just the physical injuries & damage.

The ending of the book is very optimistic and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be ready!

It’s a beautiful story of survival in it’s many forms.

Grab a Copy…

Website : www.alfienorrington.com

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Neil Patterson – Author of Becoming Alfie

Born in South Essex close to the River Thames and directly East of London, my childhood was peppered with memories of the mighty river itself.

We would swim, fish and discover hidden treasure in the tidal mudflats with the fragments of clay pipes we found taking us back to another era. It was here that my inspiration for writing was born. I began to keep a diary of my observations from life and documented my feelings and thoughts.

My wife was twenty two and I was twenty four when we migrated to Australia with a glorious expectation. The sun was shining, the people were friendly and Sydney Harbour simply magnificent. Together we were committed to making the most of this opportunity beginning the next step in our lives. Everything was new which gave me endless writing opportunities that I recorded in my diary which had spilled over into a number of books. We travelled around this incredible country meeting people from all walks of life and from many nationalities. We lived and worked in a variety of capital cities enjoying each and every experience. All this was tremendous fodder for my writing.

I began to write short stories and poetry, none of which I sought to publish. By my fifty second birthday I was able to finish working and focus full time on my writing, the results so far are The Alfie Norrington Series with Becoming Alfie the first in the series of four. I hope that you enjoy reading Becoming Alfie as much as I did writing it.

Keep up with Neil Patterson and his books here…

Author Facebook – Neil Patterson

Thank you again to Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for inviting me on this book blog tour and to Neil Patterson for the digital copy of the book.

Thanks for reading!

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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