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This is an ACE of ASIN:B00QSE271C 1964Richard Warren, aged ten, is growing up in the North Yorkshire village of Ledder Bridge. Through verdant fields and meandering brooks, life is simple and easy, far from the turmoil of the Cold War world. When an adventure with his older brother Peter Warren goes wrong and Richard finds himself trapped in the dark depths of an abandonedThis is an ACE of ASIN:B00QSE271C 1964Richard Warren, aged ten, is growing up in the North Yorkshire village of Ledder Bridge. Through verdant fields and meandering brooks, life is simple and easy, far from the turmoil of the Cold War world. When an adventure with his older brother Peter Warren goes wrong and Richard finds himself trapped in the dark depths of an abandoned quarry, it kick-starts a chain of events that brings him into contact with work, family conflict, and the dreaded English class system. Will Richard be able to persevere and become wise well beyond his tender years? Part of the Made in Yorkshire saga: 1969 (Made in Yorkshire Book 2)...

Title : 1964
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ISBN : 25224711
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Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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1964 Reviews

  • belinda banks
    2019-05-23 05:34

    Ok storyThis book was ok to read and the storyline was ok but it didn't hold my attention for long. I only finished reading it because I make it a habit to finish any book I start reading. I think I have lukewarm feelings about this book because I kept hoping it would get suspenseful. It never did it just kinda meandered along with the story. This is definitely not my genre of book that I like.

  • Lesle
    2019-06-17 11:38

    1964 is about a young boy, his family, and the struggles of life. A lovely read, I got drawn into the characters and their lifestyle of struggle. Richard is trying to make the right choices so that his mother and father would not scold him like they do his brother. When Richard makes an adventurous mistake with Peter, time away, working at the pub lets Richard build his own character. Along with a new unexpected friendship. After a loss, Richards escape is writing fantasy. He learns his father's morals, that is instilled in him, go by the wayside when trying to save the family and family home. The story is well written from Richards point of view. Definitely leaves you wanting to read more in the series to see what other adventures Richards life brings him and is he destined to be an Author. Truly not a stand-alone read!I gave the book 4 1/2 stars...In reality it deserves 5, but when I got to the end I was like..."Really" it left me hanging, wondering what happened to Richard and his stories. What about the family? What happened to Peter? So "1969" is a definite read!

  • Laurie
    2019-06-02 12:48

    I got nearly halfway through before I gave up. I think there is a nugget of solid story in here somewhere but the writing is so very clumsy and artless that I can't bring myself to care. Desperately needs a good editor to work alongside the writer. He needs to learn how to set up each vignette. All his connective material is amateurish, but the scenes themselves--especially with old Albert--show glimpses of greatness. This book demonstrates the downside of epublishing: it is too easy to get yourself into print without having professionals vet your work.

  • Dianne Ascroft
    2019-05-28 13:57

    This novel takes a realistic look back at a more innocent age that is often idealised today. The gently paced coming of age story centres around a young boy’s relationship with an elderly, grief stricken alcoholic. Living on an isolated farm Richard Warren has little contact with the wider world until he begins working a few hours each day in the village pub for his father’s old army mate. This triggers a series of events that leads him to meet and socialise with the son of one of the local gentry and befriend a lonely old farmer. Through these encounters he learns to judge character and discern who he can trust, think for himself and decide what really matters. He gets his first glimpses into the complexity of the adult world and matures in the process. The story reads like a memoir and I found it is easy to settle into Richard’s world. As I read, Yorkshire in 1964 became as real to me as the characters. I enjoyed making the acquaintance of both. Note: I received a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hunter Collins
    2019-06-18 09:52

    This was a fantastic book! The writing style reminded me a little of the Secret Garden which is one of my favorite books of all time. The plot kept wanting to read more and more. I finished it in a day because I couldn't stop reading it! I cannot wait for Book 2! I'm very glad this was recommended to me!

  • Avneet
    2019-06-16 05:34

    A good read of course but not up to my expectations. The story revolves around Richard's character and how he evolves as a writer from the happenings around him. Nothing specific about the aftermath of Cold World War. Glimpses of the English class system but not very well brought forth or highlighted. The book is a well-to-do as fiction but a little low on being a 'historical fiction'. Neither is there any urge to read further. Only questions left unanswered were who published Richard's work and how he came up? Apart from all this the book tries to explain the fine line between reality and ideals. Not everything one preaches about can be brought forth into the real world. Sometimes our ideals are sacrificed for the relations we hold onto life. Richard learns this by the end despite his efforts of being a good boy.

  • Cherie
    2019-06-05 12:47

    This is an e-book that I bought for something like 99 cents on "Book Bud." It is the first book in a series, "Made in Yorkshire." I bought it because I enjoy reading about lives in England, this one about a young country boy who experiences his first interaction with the wealthy gentry class. I assume he will grow up in subsequent installments, but I am not interested enough to read anymore about him.

  • Jess
    2019-06-03 14:02

    I found this story to be much more enjoying than I originally thought I would. I loved the chance I had to talk with the author and ask questions about his writing process for this book and the rest in the series. If you would like to know more, you can visit the link for my wrap up.

  • Wijdan
    2019-05-26 06:44

    It was fun reading through the perspective of a child but the plot itself is a bit predictable. All the characters were well made except for the Camberwell's, I'm not sure what's the right word to describe them but they were too made up I think.

  • Mary Lou
    2019-05-23 08:49

    Mediocre writing, predictable stereotypes, poor character development, weak plot. The story had potential, but was in need of a lot more time, effort, thought, and editing.

  • Diane McGyver
    2019-06-03 07:43

    A good effort that fell shortSpoiler Alert: If you haven’t read the book, this review contains pieces of the story that may hamper your enjoyment if you decide to read it.I had high hopes for the story for two reasons: 1) For some odd reason titles that use only a year intrigue me; 2) It was set in a small community in the UK. However, the lack of polish and editing of the story slowed the pace and, in some instances, confused me. Many sentences were unnecessarily wordy.There were some scenes that were unnecessary for telling the story, and this too slowed down the pace. It was a struggle to complete the novel, but in my goal to write more reviews, I ploughed onward.I wanted to like the main character, Richard, more, but I felt his parents were favouring him over his older brother Peter for no real reason. Richard was inquisitive and at times brave, but he was part of the reason his brother was treated poorly by their parents.Speaking of the parents, there was no reason given for their lack of respect they had for Peter. Peter worked hard and deserved more than he got. I understand the use of the strap in 1964, but it seemed Peter was punished for little reason, whereas Richard was given a free ride. The home environment for Peter amounted to child abuse. Richard hinted to the fact that his father might be working Peter hard, so he could take over the farm, but that was not the reason. So why was Peter treated like a slave? I was not shocked he ran off. He had hinted as much earlier in the story.While Peter was working hard, Richard was not even asked to help. At the very beginning of the story, Richard had done a little work in the field, but then he was off to play or write or wander. Richard, a boy of eleven, would have had chores on a farm that would have kept him busy for at least half the day.Knowing all this made the story hard to believe. If the parents were so good and righteous, why did they treat their oldest son like dirt? I’m left with questions like: Why was Richard favoured? Where did Peter go? Did he send Richard’s story into the magazine? And if so, it proves Peter was more worthy than his parents’ gave him credit. His purchase of the pen for his little brother was a kind act that went unrewarded.The cover was appealing, and that was a large part of the reason I downloaded the book.

  • Sandra
    2019-06-03 07:54

    This was a different read for me, and hey, different is nice sometimes. This particular book is rather like a combination of The Hardy Boys, Oliver Twist, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Young Richard, growing up on a farm, with his brother Peter and parents discovers many new things about life, the class system, sibling rivalry, and the fact that adults are not always who you think they are or should be. e.g. 'Richard remembered what Officer Hardy had said to his father whilst he was dozing. “Jim, law enforcement isn’t what you think it is,” Officer Hardy said. “It takes care of its friends and puts down anyone it doesn’t like. Do you get what I’m saying?” “Eh, not sure what you’re trying to say, but it sounds wrong to me,” Dad said back. “Not as bad as you think. It’s about numbers. You see, in Yorkshire we have more crimes than we do officers. Yorkshire’s too big for us to cover everything. The commander puts out a list of all the areas for crime in the county and we target specific areas. That’s why you’ll almost never see me in Ledder Bridge.''Richard knew he wanted to become a writer. He read and reread the stories he had, but there was always something wrong with them. It was times like this he hated writing and wondered whether he truly had what it took. Mum said he was good enough to do anything, but he wasn’t sure he believed it. Mothers always said things like that.'Quotes from Farner, James (2014-12-08). 1964 (Made in Yorkshire Book 1) Farner Publishing. Kindle Edition. An interesting read and I would definitely recommend James Farner to any age group from young teens and up.

  • Dawn Dorsey
    2019-06-07 05:58

    This is a fun story narrated by a little boy growing up in rural Yorkshire. Most of the action takes place when he is eleven in 1964, just old enough to explore the nearby village and countryside by himself. He gets to know the villagers, old and young, gossipy and taciturn, and makes friends with a few special ones: the pub keeper, a lonely old man, veteran of both world wars, the candy store lady, a police detective. He meets "the Quality" for the first time in his life, and is puzzled over what to make of them. As Richard's parents and older brother struggle to keep the family farm afloat, we follow him in his adventures as he learns about his world and a little about life beyond his own experience.

  • Ceh131973
    2019-06-06 11:01

    James Farner creates realistic charcters that are just trying to survive everyday life. Richard Warren is 10 when the book begins and like any boy of his age growing up in a pretty boring working class environment he can get into some trouble. This trouble leads him to some coming of age events.It has an interesting view of the class division in society and how that can effect someones perception. Farner does a great job of developing charcter and setting. They are what drive this story more so than the plot which at times seems choppy. Still a good read.

  • Dan Matthews
    2019-06-06 08:39

    A reminder of the coming of ageThe book was a pleasant reminder of the days of my youth when days seemed to present perplexing events in an otherwise young boys play times. Anyone can associate with this rite of passage and will enjoy the subtleties of this young man’s discovery of a few of life’s realities. This four star rating is for the ease of reading, the captivating story line and its realistic plot.

  • Bullman
    2019-06-16 05:53

    A very enjoyable readSet in mid century Yorks hire about a blue color family and struggles they have enduring real life is not my typical read. It was a free book through Kindle unlimited and sounded like a good change. I am very glad I read it, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will continue with the series. It was very well written and edited without and discrepancies which I was very happy about. If your thinking you "might" like it then you will love it.

  • Helen
    2019-06-05 07:59

    HookedA series that has caught me and reeled me in. Looking forward to the next book. A nice, easy read

  • Edie
    2019-06-16 08:53

    Not the best book I've ever read. I didn't particularly like the writing style of the author although it was unique. I did finish the book but I was tempted not to.

  • JT
    2019-06-10 13:01

    As a youngster, I'm sure I did things that I'd think twice about doing now that I'm an adult .... that's how this story starts: A young boy ventures into an old mine shaft on a dare. The story has enough twists and turns to keep a reader's interest and the dialogue is realistic. The author writes well and provides enough description to provoke your imagination without weighing down the read. This is book one of a series and I've just finished it. I can't wait to start on book two. It definitely is a book to disappear into for a couple of hours when you have time to relax.

  • Hazel
    2019-06-11 13:46

    2.5 stars

  • Mark Tilbury
    2019-05-25 13:38

    Richard looks up to his older brother, Peter, but Peter gets him into a whole heap of trouble in the first book of the series, Made in Yorkshire. The trouble in this book results in him being sent to work, which Richard considers to be a punishment as it takes him away from his love of writing. Peter has to work with his Dad on their farm and he feels that he can’t make decisions about his own future. I enjoyed the feel of this book and how the author wrote it through a child’s eyes. Richard is a good character trying to come to terms with the consequences of his actions whilst learning things about money, the class system and losing people he cares about. Peter on the other hand believes he is too old to be punished and shouldn’t be pushed into taking over the farm which his Dad owns. This book is an interesting insight into life in 1960’s Yorkshire and was written in a way that made me wonder if the author or anyone in his family has experienced similar things. A great start to a series.

  • Patsy
    2019-06-19 12:01

    This is an interesting book about family life with two boys, one in his teens Peter Warren and a younger brother age 10, Richard living on a farm with their Mom and Dad in Yorkshire Village. The boys are always looking for adventure, the parents are working hard to keep things going, providing a home and food. The story is amazing, fast paced, couldn't' put it down, one adventure after another with a few mysteries thrown in. A book that I will remember for a long time. The characters were so well defined with personalities of their own, the location was described so well, I have never been there but could see each and every home and business. The plot held my interest all the way through. I will be buying the next book in the series. Thank You James Farner for the good entertainment.

  • Nancy L Blizzard
    2019-05-22 13:39

    Light readI actually read this book in one sitting. It is the first in a series and introduce us to the main character, Richard and his family. Richard is a child and he and his older brother, Peter, live on a small farm with their parents. Sneaking off one day to go to the local quarry, something their parents forbid them to do, Richard falls down an abandoned mine shaft. Rescued by his father and his father's friend, Simon, it proves to be a life changing event. As punishment he is forced to work in Simon's pub, where he meets and befriends the local eccentric. This is a coming of age story of sorts though RIchard is only 12 when it ends. His life and, adventures will be continued in the other three books in the series. I am not sure I will continue the series, as there was something lacking in the character development that failed to hold my attention..

  • Don Toth
    2019-06-10 07:59

    Coming of age storyFor me this book was an exception from the rule. It was not the typical genre I read in. Coming of age in a culture other than my own, or what I am familiar with, keeps my brain more intellectually agile. The boy that is the focus of the story, a post-war farm-boy, grows through his different relationships. As time passing for him he naturally grows as an individual, but, grows the most from his personality and points of view coming into contact with other's personalities and view points. Morally I am pretty much a black and white kind of person. There is some moral ambiguity and social- order justification outside of my personal comfort zone. But reality is to be escaped from once in awhile or would be reading much out of school.

  • GC MacQuarie
    2019-05-20 11:37

    If anyone's ever attempted to perfect dialogue in a story, they know just how hard it can be. So much can be learnt from what the characters of a story say to each other. It should be considered an art form, and not everyone is good at it.James Farner's ability to use dialogue in such a way that we learn the core of his characters simply by their conversations, is brilliant. I love dialogue, well, I love reading dialogue, and it was Farner's addictive talent of creating such believable characters through their words which made this novel, for me, a stand out.Read my full review here:

  • John Seymour
    2019-06-09 08:54

    Very comfortable readI suppose that calling a book "comfortable" is a bit odd? But the word suits. I started reading, and the characters were all realistic right from the start. I felt I understood the boy, the main character, immediately. His mannerisms and way of thinking were all quite natural, as well as the interplay with his older brother and his dad.This is not an epic story with a message that will stay with you forget. It's not a page-Turner that you can't put down until 4:00 AM. But it is a poignant story about a boy growing up.

  • Sharon Loveday
    2019-06-04 13:01

    This story is told by an omniscient narrator with a young boy, Richard, as its central character. Richard experiences many events which change his perspective on life in the village of Ledder Bridge. The author creates an excellent setting of life in Yorkshsire in 1964. The characters are all well-drawn and the reader instantly connects with them. Once you begin the story you will not want to put the book down.The dynamics between Richard's family are marvellous. Together with the moving story, scene setting and great writing style mean that I would highly recommend this book.

  • Kristina Trawick
    2019-06-20 13:53

    Boy meets real worldThe reason for a four rating instead of a five - the proofing for errors was not great, making some points in the story confusing. Otherwise, great coming of age story of a boy with a penchant for trouble and the gift of portraying his life into a fantasy in on going stories he writes in his room. I am not sure of the facts as far as life in the 60's in England, but it was a eye opener for me as an American who would have been the same age as Richard, the protagonist. I can't wait to read the next installment.

  • Elizabeth Maher
    2019-06-12 05:38

    Fascinating view of Britain after WW II.The story is told through the eyes of a young boy growing up on a farm. He doesn't have much contact with other children except for his older brother. The plot encompasses the young boy's interpretations of his life around him. He has a chance encounter with an upper class titled family that cause tremendous undue influence to destroy his family and way of life. This is an engrossing story that will keep you turning the pages. Will read more by this author.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-26 05:35

    This is a story of Richard Warren growing up in Yorkshire. He learns how to deal with his ornery older brother. He learns about injustice and the snobbery of the rich upper class and how regular folk learn to deal with them. He learns responsible and maturity as he grows up. In his spare time he plays at being a detective and writes fantasy stories. This was an average book but it kept my interest since the characters were genuine and authentic. It was so realistic felt like the author was writing his childhood memoirs.