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Michael King

HEATWAVE, SNOW, FOG, FLOOD
AND TEMPEST
By MICHAEL KING

ISBN 1-900467-24-X.
Softback. 150 x 210mm (approximately)
Illustrated
Text: 122 pages.

£9.99 + £1.00 p&p (UK only)
+ £2.00 p&p for orders outside the UK.

Available by post from:
Mr John Holt
57 Dickens Court
Harold Road
Margate
Kent
CT9 2HN
UK
Telephone 01843 295633

Cheques to be made payable to
'John Holt'.

For the fourth time in as many years, popular Dorset author John Holt - who also uses the non-de-plume Michael King - has once again put pen to paper. This time, he recalls the vicissitudes of the weather experienced by himself and the people of this country since the mid-1940s, the earliest period his personal memories can recall, up to the early 1990s.
In his previous book 'Recollections of the 1950s', Michael King - using his own personal experiences, described how the 1950s was a decade of change for particularly the younger generation, while parents found it difficult to cope with the changes in life-style which were taking place all around them.
'Heatwave, Snow, Fog, Flood and Tempest' is a nostalgic glance over the shoulder by this acclaimed author, who vividly describes the extremes of weather sometimes experienced in this country. As he writes in the Preface to his new book, 'We British love to talk about the weather and when we meet somebody whom we know - and even if we don't know them - we often break the ice by commenting on how hot or cold, sunny or dull, or rainy or windy the weather is'.
Being born in 1934 and at the time of writing, aged 70, the weather is a subject, which has fascinated the author over the years. His earliest recollection was of a storm around 1943, during the middle of World War II, when forked lightning punctured most of the barrage balloons in the skies above South-East London.
However, it was the exceptional periods of weather that he remembers most vividly, such as the bitterly cold winters of 1947 and 1962-63 and the month of January 1979, during the so-called 'Winter of Discontent '.
He also recalls with much pleasure the gorgeous summers of 1947, 1955, 1959, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1989 and 1990 and not forgetting the best one of all - the summer of 1976.
Less happy memories recall the dreadful smog, which enveloped London in December 1952 and the thick fog on the night of December 4th 1957, which caused the horrendous Lewisham train crash. He also writes about the East Coast floods which occurred at the end of January 1953 and the floods in September 1968, when large parts of South London and Kent were flooded.
However, the year which the author remembers most is 1987; the depth of the snow in the middle of January, neither seen before, nor since. The same year, his house was struck by lightning and of course, the Great Hurricane, which occurred in October is also written about in some detail.

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