Full days and pressed pants


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Full days and pressed pants by COLWELL, Max
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Adelaide: Rigby, 1978. . First edition. Author's photograph on rear panel of dustwrapper, b/w illustrations, illustrated dustwrapper, by Aubrey Collette. Pp.160 Size: 230mm. Weight: 450g. REFERENCE: ISBN 0727006088 COMMENTS: Dustwrapper blurb: "In 1938 Mike was seventeen and the Depression was just about over. Things weren't as bad as they had been when he had lived down the hill, but they weren't too good, either. So Mike's Uncle Harry, being a careful sort of man, told Mike that it was time he put childish things behind him and started to earn his keep. Mike didn't much care about getting a job, but when he actually started work in a wholesale grocery warehouse he found that life there was pretty interesting. Because the warehouse turned out to be full of the funniest people he had ever met in his life. There were the storemen, rough, good-hearted blokes like Morialta and Nugget and Sandsoap, who wore sugar bag aprons around their middles. There were office workers, clerks with pressed pants and a shiny spot on their bums where they sat down, and young typists with white faces and red-painted lips. And in charge of them all was the General Manager, a barrelshaped man who was always writing memos which he signed simply with his initials: G.O.D. In this book, a sequel to his very popular Half Days and Patched Pants, Max Colwell paints a vivid and nostalgic picture of life as it appeared to a young man before the outbreak of second World War. He tells how the world of warehouse and office helped Mike to learn a lot more than how to fold invoices and pack grocery orders, or how to distinguish all the pungent smells of sausages and cheese and jelly crystals and custard powder. He also learned about life: about the hopes and dreams of ordinary working men; about pigeon racing and horse racing; about girls and love, and about death; about desperation; and about the responsibilities of growing up. Full Days and Pressed Pants, like its predecessor, is a blend of wry humour and deep compassion, rich in the down- to-earth flavour of the Australian vernacular, and written with sincerity and conviction." A sequel to his "Half days and patched pants".. Very good in illustrated whole dustwrapper, chipped and rubbed

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