Leslie John Robinson (b.1929): Introductory post

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Leslie John Robinson – Born 4th Feburary 1929

The author of my autobiography is Leslie Robinson, a Liverpudlian who spent the majority of his life in and around Merseyside. As a child of the 30s and 40s, Leslie experienced the trials and tribulations of a typical working class boy, interrupted by the outbreak of World War 2. Liverpool and surrounding areas were one of the most heavily damaged parts of the country at the hands of German bombers, and Leslie provides a first hand account of the air raids which obstructed any idea of a normal life. By contrast, his adult life is one of regimen and structure, far removed from the loving yet chaotic experience of his upbringing. At the time of writing his autobiography Leslie had a wife and two children, one of whom had recently made Leslie a grandfather. I have been so far unable to confirm what has happened to Leslie since he wrote his autobiography in 1983.

The reason I have chosen to study Leslie’s autobiography is a result of immediate interest upon reading the summary of his writing. Growing up in Liverpool at the same time as my grandfather made me instantly attracted to reading further into Leslie’s autobiography, particularly the mention of Merseyside air raids which my grandfather also experienced first hand. After reading further i was not disappointed.

Leslie’s autobiography is an extremely interesting perspective on both childhood upbringing on Merseyside during the Second World War, but also of life in the Armed forces and Police, and I feel that both of them contrast the typical working class experience.

Leslie’s writing style was also part of what made his autobiography so appealing. The free flowing and highly detailed account of his life adds far more substance than many of the working class autobiographies available for study. As a result of who he is writing the autobiography for it is as entertaining as it is informative. It is not a stretch to describe Leslie’s autobiography as more of a narrative than a recollection of events, something which suits it’s novel like length.

It is refreshing too that Leslie’s autobiography maintains an air of positivity throughout, despite living a life which had it’s fair share of hardships Leslie never wallows or looks bag on his life with regret, there is a constant impression of happiness.

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