Desmond Tucker is a born-and-bred Bristolian. Bedminster Boy is his story, but also the story of Bristol, a city that has seen many changes since Desmond
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Reviewed by Derek Jay
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 09 April, 2017
Church of England folk are inclined to be very middle class and their clergy more so. It is refreshing, therefore, that a scheme to recruit working class priests got underway and that the author was one of its products. We have much to learn from the likes of him and his questioning faith.
I don’t know what to make about the mystical experiences recorded in this book. I am inclined to be cynical but Des is a down to earth bloke so I guess I take these at face value.
I’ve heard many of these stories before: air raids, the loss of community in modern life, a questioning faith, and I can hear Des’s voice in my head as I read this book. This story deserves to be told.
It’s almost as if the bombs were coming for Des since day one of the Bristol Blitz. Yet they got so near yet so far.
I too loved the department stores where the change went on overheard wires.
I know several of the people mentioned, including Michael Jarvvie, hospital chaplain, who’d previously been a curate in my church in Leeds. I also knew the lat David Isitt, much undervalued in this diocese. We both owe a lot to him.
Some of the jokes are corny but were probably original to Des’s generation e.g. about condom vending machines.
There’s a good story about how to get a fruit machine to pay out the jackpot.
The ending has a lovely description of Iran and its people.
All in all, a most enjoyable read – I hardly put it down from start to finish.
It’s a bit repetitive in places e.g. he tells us about the coming of a very cold winter on p. 57 and again on p. 60; pp.111 and again on 112 converting a shop into a lounge.
p. 24 Kelham is in Nottinghamshire, not Yorkshire.
p. 134 should read ‘Cropthorne’ as it does on p. 136
I don’t think he was alive in 1024 – p. 174!
I am not sure what a ‘essxaaxa traumatic divorce’ is (p. 156)
Minor point – there US such a thing as a gay parrot, contrary to what is asserted by Des – see "Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity" by Bruce Bagemihl (1999).
|Size: ||882 KB|
|Publisher: ||Silverwood Books|
|Date published: || 2017|
|ISBN: ||9781781326213 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|