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Record 11483

Reading Experience:

[Given 'a handsome and well-illustrated volume called the Prize Bible' by his grandmother] '...the surprise they got when I actually read the thing, right through, cover to cover, as if it was "Chips" or "Herewald the Wake"... Here on a wet Sunday morning was this handsome volume, leather-bound, of clear bold type and frequent illustrations -I'd look at the pictures. They were gawdy and full of action, quite a lot of them. Look at the priests of Dagon with their blood-splashed knives; Jael creeping into the tent of Sisera; Egyptian chariots overwhelmed by the Red Sea; Judas gloating over his pieces of silver like a carroty-headed Quilp...You simply had to read of these matters; and if the narrative didn't always come up to the quality of the illustrations, when it did you had a story which stayed in your imangination and gave it something to glow with. I read on, session after session, past all the boring bits and finished it at last.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: morning: wet Sunday morning
Place: city: Newcastle
location in dwelling: home
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Jack Common
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1903
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: son of locomotive fireman
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 'Prize Bible' illustrated edition, leather-bound
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11483  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jack Common
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Kiddar's Luck
  Place of Publication: Newcastle
  Date of Publication: 1975
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 44-45
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jack Common, Kiddar's Luck (Newcastle, 1975), p. 44-45,, accessed: 18 February 2020

Additional comments:



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