Poverty - Hardship but Happiness e-bookBy Nicola Benge
Brighton history comes alive in new digital format.
You can buy copies of the book using Amazon Kindle, Google Play, the Apple store, and other Android outlets - just go to your chosen website and search by title for the book.
Poverty - Hardship but Happiness was QueenSpark's first book. Published in 1974, Albert Paul tells the story of a working class boy’s life in the years between 1903 and 1917, from his childhood through to adolescence.
This exciting new e-book version looks at the hardships of life before and during the First World War and examines the ways that children’s lives changed as a result of the Great War in Brighton and Hove.
Albert Sydney Paul was born in St. Martin's Place, Brighton in 1903. His father, a builder's labourer, was often unemployed so his mother not only worked in a laundry but also took in washing to supplement the family in-come.
Albert was the 9th of 10 children and when he was 3, the family moved to Southampton Street, to the house where Albert spent all of his adult life. I was one of a family of 10 children. I was born May 10th 1903. I had very good parents, hard-working and honest. My father was a building trade labourer, and owing to conditions work became very scarce at Limes and he was unfortunately out of work Car at least 3 months out of every 12 months every year (and there was no dole money those days). My mother went out to work in a laundry and also took in washing to get a few more shillings to buy us children food and clothing.
With 10 children, and themselves making 12, my oldest sister had to go into private service, and my oldest brother slept and worked at the sanitorium (Bear Road) before joining the Coldstream Guards. My next two brothers passed away (through illness) Leaving one sister and three brothers and myself, as well as a younger brother (the baby), making 8 with my parents.In this book, Mr. Paul not only recalls the difficult days of his childhood and early manhood, but also depicts a very different pattern of life, with a slower rhythm than today. There were more exacting standards of work and behaviour. The responsible family man did not dare to be too adventurous in his outlook; and often the only reward for a worker's loyalty and toil would be the love and security felt with his family, however strict, however poor.
Although he suffered the poverty and hard-ship that were the normal lot of working people, Albert Paul emerges with a cheerful appraisal of his life. Find out more about this lost slice of Brighton's history!
This page was amended on 06/01/2016