The opening lines of One Summer.
“Quick lads. Hang up some garlic. The vampires are coming.”
It was Tony Robledo, disturbing the peace and tranquillity of Wilkinson's Drawing Office.
“Don't you try and sneak out Yorky. It's not safe. The bin men haven't finished collecting all the rubbish yet.”
Turning to the man stood next to him, he continued: “I didn't think I'd see you here today Charlie. I thought Tuesday was pension day or have you forgotten to go again?”
He rubbed his hand roughly over Alan's head and asked if he had started going out with girls yet and continued:
“Listen lads, I don't want to disturb you but Basil Brush is on his way here. So can you open the curtains, brush all the cobwebs away from the windows and start drawing something, if that's not too much to ask?. Then he turned to Mick, flicked some imaginery dust from his shirt collar and said “Are all the barbers in Wigan still on strike, ewd lad?”
One Summer is the third in a series of six novels on the general theme of Northern working
class life in the second half of the 20th century, all based on the old saying about being at
work: "They should write a book about this place. It would be a best seller."
As in One Winter and One Spring, humour again plays a big part in the lives of the main characters in the Drawing Office of the Wilkinson Engineering Works. But soon their lives, and many of those around them, are to be changed irrevocably by the policies and decisions of a powerful Government.
Set in the fictional town of Ashurst on the old South Lancashire coalfield, between 1979 and the week before the start of the 1984 Miners' Strike, the novel is another vivid and evocative description of what now seems a bygone age, and also before the widescale introduction of the computer that greatly alters the face of British industry.
Geoff has certainly developed his writing skills since we both shared a desk at Knowsley Road School. I thoroughly enjoyed his first two novels, which brought back many memories for me. They were well written, realistic, and included some hilarious dialogue. I am sure he will be making it a hat trick with One Summer - Ray French
Geoff is a great storyteller who has over the past five years brought Wilkinson’s and Ashurst to life. He has created a real picture of the life and times of the town and its surrounding Rugby League clubs. All that and a good story line makes One Summer, like its predecessors, a very good read. - Graham Williams from Pudsey
I loved the story about the lads at Ashurst High School not being allowed to play Rugby League at school because that is just what happened to me. Wish I had read One Summer then. - John from Oldham I only bought the book as a Fathers’ Day present. But after I had read the first page, I couldn’t put it down and I don’t even like rugby. - Geraldine from Dewsbury