A vivid depiction of an East End community that has all but vanished.
A classic novel of post-war life in Cockney London. Waggoners Way is a small back street in Bermondsey, home to a close-knit community of predominantly railway folk and their families. The Brennans and Kellys are among those who live there. They have been friends for years; Joe Brennan works as a train driver, Tom Kelly as a shunter; and Ada and Mary, their wives, patiently spend much of their time trying to entangle their children's tangled love lives. And, together, they help one another survive the worst of times.
WAGGONER'S WAY is a poignant novel, capturing the spirit of a community often faced with brutal hardship - and yet determined to laugh whilst doing so.
Harry was born in 1931 in a back street off the Tower Bridge Road. Only when his own children began to ask questions about the war, did Harry realise how many stories he had to tell. He became known as 'the King of Cockney sagas', and he wrote eighteen bestselling novels of London life. After Harry died in 1999, the Harry Bowling Prize was set up in his memory.