Darlington for Culture Review
This is the story of an ordinary boy from an ordinary working-class family in an ordinary northern town. If that sounds ordinary, it’s not! Jethro Anson Nowsty was born and brought up in Darlington and we follow his life from his very earliest memories up to his approaching adulthood. This mixed-up kid was born in the early 1960s and the author describes everyday life as it was then – warts ’n’ all.
The music, food, transport, housing and entertainment of the 1960s and 1970s are all brought into clear focus in a series of short stories. Instead of a strictly chronological order, the author goes back and forth through the years writing in a way that draws the reader back in time to when a computer filled a whole room and dialling a phone number took longer than the call itself.
All of this is interwoven with national and international news and the background to all of these stories is Darlington. All the landmark buildings, roads and parks, shops and schools are mentioned and described. It’s a history of a special time in a special town, told with humour and affection through the eyes of a special ‘mixed-up kid’.