LITTLE MICKEY H - A Norbury Lad by Mike Harper

Join the boy with a brain the size of a peanut for a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride down the avenues and alleyways of Norbury!

Will Hay...

Kingsley Amis...

Deryck Guyler...

Derek Bentley...

And NOW...

MIKE HARPER!

Could he be the fifth most famous person to have lived in Norbury?

Not if you don't all read this great book about what life was really like growing up in a sleepy London suburb at the back end of the twentieth century.

Join the boy with a brain the size of a peanut for a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride down the avenues and alleyways of Norbury.

SCHOOL!....CHURCH!....WORK!....FOOTBALL!....GIRLS!

COULD LIFE BE ANY MORE EXCITING?

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  • First submitted April 22, 2010
  • Last updated April 22, 2010
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    ml66uk wrote 11 months ago

    It took a long time, but Vernon Quaintance has finally been held accountable. From yesterday's Croydon Advertiser:

    "A CIRCUMCISION fetishist and Catholic clergyman from Upper Norwood who targeted young boys and asked them to expose themselves has been locked up for more than two years."

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    ml66uk wrote 1 year, 1 month ago
    From the Croydon Advertiser today: "A CLERGYMAN from Upper Norwood was a paedophile who ran a pro-circumcision group, a court heard. Vernon Quaintance, who was 71 on Wednesday, admitted a string of offences against five boys as young as 11 that he had met in the 1960s and 1970s. Quaintance, who was a member of Catholic society the Order of Malta, accumulated an archive of vile images as recently as 2011, Southwark Crown Court heard. He has served as a ...
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    Harpic Author wrote 1 year, 2 months ago

    Funny how the memory works. As soon as I saw the surname Bowie, it clicked into place. Yes, I remember Martin now, however as he wasn't in the same class as me, I didn't notice when he was no longer there. And yes, I do remember the model railway shop - I often looked in the window when passing.

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    TNBD wrote 1 year, 2 months ago

    Martin left St Js after 2nd form when we moved abroad. Our mother Chinese; surname Bowie - my grandparents owned the model railway shop by the station and known for their Alsatian dogs! :)

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    Harpic Author wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    Hi, thanks for your lovely comments - it is always nice to know that someone out there knows exactly who, what and when you are talking about. Yes Mrs Murtagh does ring a bell, so thanks for that nugget. I have been racking my brains trying to place you though - I wondered if your login name was based on your initials - I have been unable to place Martin at St Joe's too though I shall probably kick myself ...
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    TNBD wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    Really enjoyed reading your book - brought back many memories, so many familiar names and places! We lived in Isham Road and then Beatrice Ave during the same period. I remember Gill & I walking together to and from Girl Guides, with Christmas Carol singing en-route!! I remember always seeing your Dad walking around. Such a long time ago! Primary school was St Andrews in Streatham, followed by Coloma for me and my two older brothers Simon and Martin to ...
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    ml66uk wrote 1 year, 9 months ago
    Vernon Quaintance is in the news again: The Tablet 11 October, 2013 Knights' former sacristan charged A former sacristan for the Knights of Malta [and prominent advocate of infant circumcision] has been charged with a dozen counts of sexual offences against children dating from 1966 to 2011. Vernon Quaintance, of Upper Norwood, south-east London, has been charged with one count of indecent assault against a 10-year-old boy in 1966, the same offence against an 11-year-old in 1976, and a single ...
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    Harpic Author wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Alison, thank you for your lovely comments. I was so pleased to hear from you and yes I do remember your husband Mark from St Joe's (big chap, straw-coloured hair - I don't know if I should say this, but he always reminded me for some reason of Dick Van Dyke's giant rag doll character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - I hope that won't mean that you suddenly see him in a different light!). I'd love to know ...
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    Ally49 wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    Hi , I was forwarded this link to this book as I am in it! I was Alison Clark and I did work at Sainsbury's in Norbury. Really funny accounts of working there and actually of living during that era. I actually am married to someone who was in Mickey's year at St Joseph's College called Mark Davis and he remembers the same characters and stories from the school.
    Thanks for taking me back to my youth xx

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    ml66uk wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    You may be interested in the recent article in the Croydon Advertiser headlined "Croydon circumcision campaigner caught with child porn videos". "THE head of a pro-circumcision group who used to run a children's computer club was caught with a hoard of child porn. Vernon Quaintance, from Upper Norwood, has avoided a jail term – despite having three video cassettes with nine-hours' worth of clips showing boys as young as 11 engaging in sex acts. Vernon Quaintance is the head of ...
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    Norbury Girl wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    I have lived in Norbury for a long time, went to St Joseph's Primary School and still go to St. Barts Church in Ellison Road. I roared with laughter at some of the things you said about people that I still know and how true they are!

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    eloraine wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Well written, loved it. Good luck with it. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

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    Burgio [Retired] wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    LITTLE MICKEY
    This is an interesting coming of age story – interesting because the narrator is much older than in the average coming of age story. And because it’s so detailed it reveals much more than usual about the narrator and his family. It’s courageous to write this type of story because it holds back no family secrets. Those reveals, tho, are also what makes it a good read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

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    Melcom wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    A truly humorous read. And it's all true, great stuff.

    Happily shelved
    Melxx
    Impeding Justice

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    Harpic Author wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Missy, very much appreciated:~) Mike

    [QUOTE] I love the nostalgic feel to this, you brought that time period alive! The style is great and your pacing is just the reight speed. I got involved quickly and sayed in volved. Kept forgetting this was a biography, thanks for sharing this with us.

    Missy
    Mark of Eternity [ENDQUOTE]

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    carlashmore wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    You know, if nothing else you have left this for your descendents. It is a sharp, well written, humorous and moving book that is highly involving. And you've lived it all. I felt there were a few too many semi-colons in Chapter 2, but that aside it is a wonderful book.
    Carl
    The Time hUnters

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    missyfleming_22 [Retired] wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    I love the nostalgic feel to this, you brought that time period alive! The style is great and your pacing is just the reight speed. I got involved quickly and sayed in volved. Kept forgetting this was a biography, thanks for sharing this with us.

    Missy
    Mark of Eternity

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    soutexmex wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Mike: Actually, I can go with both pitches. With the long pitch, I would break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. End it with one succinct question. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you. Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when ...
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