Eric Yates: EPITAPH TO ‘NICKLE ECK’ Childhood Mischief in Wartime Birmingham

An excellent read to find out about a great author, who sadly passed away in 2012.

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Today I’d like to introduce you to the late Eric Yates and his marvelous book:

EPITAPH TO ‘NICKLE ECK’BOOK C0VER

Childhood Mischief in Wartime Birmingham

By ERIC YATES

Book Description'NICKLE ECK' AND JOHN 1938'IDEA' ILLUSTRATION

It is the late 1930’s and, despite his diminutive stature and humble demeanour, from a very young age little Eric (‘Nickle Eck’ to his family) is expected to earn his keep, beginning with the task of collecting and delivering beer for his Dad’s friend – but not before taking a swig and topping up the bottle with tap water – for which he is paid 6d.

Nickle Eck’ was accustomed to being surrounded by forests of bottled beer as a toddler, while his Mom played the piano and sang. Even then he returned the empties for 2d – but not before draining a few bottles first. He considered himself ‘the youngest alcoholic in Birmingham’.

From the age of four, Eric…

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