The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill

Written by Allan Ahlberg

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Sixty-six boys, two footballs, two sets of shirts, one madman and a whistle – that’s the basis of the Malt Shovel Rovers. They’re a football team put together to try their luck in the Coronation football competition. A wonderful story about friendship, growing up – and football.

The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill Synopsis

Coronation Year, 1953, and in Oldbury a Coronation football competition is organized. The boys from the bottom pitch get a team up, but there's no chance they'll win, of course. They're just the odds and sods - one of them is even a girl. This is a story of football and friendship in a world when the streets were full of kids and empty of cars.

The Boyhood Of Burglar Bill Press Reviews

'An exceptional piece of writing . . . comic, poignant and true. Anyone will be enriched by reading it' Sunday Times

'Affectionately downbeat . . . this artfully informal story has something for
everyone' Nicholas Tucker, Independent

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ISBN: 9780141321424
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141321424
Publication date: 6th March 2008
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love

About Allan Ahlberg

As a childAllan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player. As an adultAllan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life As an artistAllan ...

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