A Likely Lad

Style: Good

Attitude: Positive

In Brief: A well-drawn picture of Manchester life at the turn of the century: the contrast between the hard-working Ardwick Overs and their Trafford cousins, the Sowters is amusingly depicted, with the rather scatty figure of Great Aunt Meg in the middle. At all times it is clear which way lies virtue and although Willy's father is to a certain extent the villain of the piece it is clear that his actions are wholly justified according to his way of thinking.

Author: Gillian Avery

Age Range: Pre Teens

Period: Early 20th C

Genres:  Historical


Willy Overs is a 12-year-old Manchester boy early this century, whose aspirations to shine academically look like being thwarted by his Father's well- intentioned desire for his son's early employment. Willy runs away and spends a few days helping an old lady run her country shop, during which time he grows up and is able to face his father back home.

Tuesday 1st January 2002