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'This memoir of a waterside worker through the 20th century is presented as an autobiography by Wal Stubbings but, if the text is the measure of authorship, much of the credit for the memoir must go to Lesley Synge, who is rightly credited as 'co-author'. It appears that the project to produce a memoir of Wal Stubbings' life and career emerged out of a general family history in 2000 to which he contributed a section. As Synge mentions in her foreword, this autobiographical piece became the 'master document' for the subsequent memoir. With this, she gathered information from further writings by Wal Stubbings, along with many stories written about him by family members, and other archival material including photographs, interviews and newspaper cuttings. Indeed, it was a complex task absorbing all this material and structuring it into a chronological narrative, in the first person voice of a man whose presence and perspectives on life were powerfully present in the source material. Synge has done an excellent job of editing and writing. She has presented us with a book that is accessible, well-organised and a pleasure to read.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Social Alternatives vol. 37 no. 1 2018 14044905 2018 periodical issue 2018 pg. 63-64
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  • Wharfie Wal Stubbings , Lesley Synge , 2017 single work autobiography
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