A Distance Travelled: A Personal Journey Through Love, Marriage and Industrial Strife
By: Terence Kearey (author), Chris Newton (editor)Paperback
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When Terence Kearey married for the first time in 1957 Britain was still recovering from the war years, and had further to go than anyone suspected. In the author's case, the economic pressures were exacerbated by a family which was expanding much faster than he had intended or could afford. The result was an economic and emotional downward spiral which ultimately led to the greatest crisis of his life. Finding himself fighting an emotional battle at home and an industrial one at work as he was caught up in the greed, selfishness and restrictive practices of post-war industry, he came near to emotional and financial collapse. In the 1980s, helped by friends, family and good fortune he managed to recover, remarry and rebuild his life. After adventures in Spain and England during which new friendships were forged and old hostilities buried, the author finally found peace at last. This is the story of those years. A Distance Travelled is the fourth in a quartet of books by Terence Kearey dealing with aspects of life in Britain through the centuries from the perspective of his own family. The others are History, Heroism and Home, A Changing World and Country Ways.
Terence Kearey was born in North Harrow in 1935, one of three children of a hard-working lower middle class family. In the 1950s he embarked on a career in the printing and reproduction industry, but dismayed by the industrial greed and strife of the 1960s and 70s, he abandoned a successful career to become a college lecturer. Along the way he developed a keen interest in history and spent many years researching the story of his own family, all the way back to the Irish Ciardha clan of the Dark Ages from which the family name is derived. He has taken a similar interest in his mother's family, the Collinses of Chard in Somerset. Having studied the lives and times of his forebears over the centuries, he has woven their stories together into a fascinating narrative thread which reaches all the way from the Irish clans of the early centuries AD to his own personal experiences of love, life, work, marriage and parenthood in the 20th century. He is now working on a film script involving moments from the first three of this quartet, Country Ways, History, Heroism and Home and A Changing World. His next book focuses on a key campaign of the First World War in which his father, Regimental Sergeant Major (later Major) Albert Kearey, played a key role.
Chapter 1 Family matters Page 1 Chapter 2 Population boom Page 14 Chapter 3 An industrial revolution Page 25 Chapter 4 Bursting at the seams Page 38 Chapter 5 From factory to classroom Page 53 Chapter 6 Lecturing and learning Page 69 Chapter 7 Cutting the Gordian Knot Page 87 Chapter 8 Leighton Cottages Page 102 Chapter 9 A ready-made family Page 109 Chapter 10 College Farm Page 124 Chapter 11 Andalucia Page 140 Chapter 12 La Fuenta Page 153 Chapter 13 Puerto de la Cruz Page 160 Chapter 14 The countryside burns Page 171 Chapter 15 Homeward bound Page 180 Chapter 16 The dust settles Page 190 Epilogue Page 203
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